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AAA study finds problems with technology meant to assist drivers

A new AAA study revealed problems with advanced driver assisted programs in nearly 93 percent of newer cars.
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TAMPA, Fla. — If you’re driving a newer car, you may like all the technology options, but according to a recent AAA study, a majority of new cars have several safety flaws that could put you at risk of a crash if you’re not paying attention.

While many cars have advanced driving assistance features that help you stay in your lane, maintain your speed and more, it appears many technologically advanced cars aren’t functioning as well as they should.  

AAA reports nearly 93 percent of all new cars with advanced driver assistance features have some type of flaw.

After testing five different automaker’s systems they found, on average, most cars encountered an issue every eight miles. Sixty-six percent of the time they hit a simulated disabled vehicle during closed-course testing AAA reports.

“That's alarming because people can become overconfident in these systems,” said Greg Brannon a representative for AAA. “AAA believes this technology is safe if the person that is using it, uses it correctly. I think we've seen some instances where that's not the case.”

AAA research finds car systems that automate speed, braking and lane centering seem to have the most flaws. It’s a warning for drivers to use the technology but remain cautious and know the risks.

“Active driving assistance systems may lull drivers into a false sense of security, allowing them to direct their attention away from driving,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “When using these systems, it’s critical that drivers remain focused on the road, in case you need to intervene. Although these systems are designed to make the roads safer, they’re still in the early stages of development and are not consistent.”

AAA is working to make those safety features better for drivers. It has provided its research to manufactures along with recommendations for improvement. AAA reports more testing of these products needs to be done before they’re released to the public.

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