In spite of the fact that so -called “autonomous” cars have been involved in several auto accidents, including fatal crashes, over the past few years, motorists driving these automobiles tend to be complacent and engage in distracting tasks at the wheel.
Many cars with self-driving automation, including Tesla, have recently been in the spotlight for the car accidents involving these automobiles. Some of these auto accidents have actually resulted in fatalities. Other cars with partial automation technology like Super Cruise Cadillac have also been involved in car accidents. However, knowledge about these accidents does not seem to stop the motorists who drive these cars from driving recklessly. A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds that many motorists driving these cars continue to perform distracting activities, like snacking or texting while at the wheel of these partially autonomous vehicles.
These partially autonomous systems involve two main types of systems that are geared at preventing accidents. One is adaptive cruise control which helps control and set the pace at which the vehicle travels, and the other is lane departure technology which keeps the car in its lane. These technologies are very effective in helping prevent car accidents, but under no circumstances are they fully autonomous technologies that can replace humans.