Common sense suggests that driver-assist features do a lot to help us avoid accidents. Still, these technologies are pretty new, and we’re just beginning to gather research to support our anecdotal impressions. Consumer Reports (CR) recently conducted a survey regarding driver-assist systems. The results indicate that these technologies are worth the price of admission.
- The survey aimed to get feedback from CR members regarding the value and efficacy of driver-assist technologies.
- For the survey, CR members provided insight regarding roughly 72,000 vehicles.
- The survey data indicates that 57 percent of respondents found that at least one driver-assist feature had helped them avoid an accident while behind the wheel.
Driver-assist technology serves as an extra set of eyes for drivers in treacherous situations. All these features have their merits, but some add more value than others.
Blind-spot monitors like the one employed by this 2020 Hyundai Veloster can keep you safe on the road. (Image: Hyundai)
According to the survey respondents, three technologies stand out: automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring. And among these three, they report that the one feature that has helped them avoid accidents most often is blind-spot monitoring. Sixty percent of respondents claim this technology has helped them prevent a crash.
On the other end of the spectrum, there are some driver-assist features that aren’t quite as rewarding. The survey’s respondents report that lane-keeping features were often a bit irritating, due to their irksome chimes and aggressive steering corrections. For this reason, respondents report that they’re more likely to disable lane-keeping features than they are other types of driver-assist amenities.
WHY THIS MATTERS
These results are in line with my own experiences behind the wheel. Blind-spot monitoring has helped me avoid unsafe lane changes, and I’d never dream of buying a vehicle that isn’t equipped with this amenity And yes, lane-keeping features can sometimes be more trouble than they’re worth. This survey makes it clear that driver-assist technology is essential equipment for motorists who care about road safety.