There is a good chance that you have driven in Georgia in a vehicle that has advanced safety or automation features. While they may offer the potential to make roads safer, driver assistance tools have also been criticized by many different government agencies.
Technology should keep drivers mentally engaged
As a general rule, you can do a better job of monitoring road conditions than a computer can. However, many people put too much faith into advanced tools that newer cars come with. Therefore, driving a car with advanced safety or automation tools can result in a driver who is not focused on what is going on around him or her. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety issued a report saying that it would like to develop ways to keep you and others engaged at all times.
Automation is currently at Level Two
Features such as Autopilot from Tesla and advanced cruise control offered by various automakers are considered to be Level Two tools. This is the highest level of automation that can be included in a vehicle that can be operated on public roads. Currently, all that it needed to keep these systems engaged is a single hand on the steering wheel. This is not enough according to the IIHS.
What the IIHS says should be done to make these systems safer
The IIHS says that cameras should be installed that can monitor a driver as well as sensors that can keep track of steering wheel movement. These tools should also be able to judge how fast you are able to react to different scenarios. If a car believes that you are not paying attention to the road, it should be able to alert you to this.
Those who are involved in car accidents may experience a variety of injuries that may take a long time to recover from. If you are in a crash caused by a distracted driver, you could be entitled to compensation. An attorney may help with your case.