A new study by the American Automobile Association found that drivers who use advanced driver assistance systems, such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance systems, are nearly twice as likely to be distracted when using them. Drivers with less experience and less familiarity are less likely to be distracted when these systems are started.
The American Automobile Association says that while the new driver assistance technology has the benefits, they must remain actively involved to ensure maximum vehicle safety. The study shows that as drivers gain experience in assistive technology, they become complacent when driving. Over-reliance on this system puts drivers and others at risk at critical times.
The American Automobile Association, in collaboration with the Virginia Institute of Technology and Transportation, analyzed videos of the driving behavior of two groups of drivers. Both groups used advanced driver assistance technology. One of the groups has experience in the use of these systems. In contrast, another group of drivers, who had access to a vehicle equipped with advanced driver assistance systems during a four-week study period, had less experience with the technology.
The scientists found that drivers who own their own vehicles are more familiar with assistive technology and more likely to be distracted. Drivers in the other group were more likely to remain focused and engaged.