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Wednesday, 02 December 2020 17:07

Partial Automation Causes Drivers to Let Focus Slip

Written by Steve Hallo, PropertyCasualty360
Drivers were more than twice as likely to become disengaged while behind the wheel after a month of using pilot assist technology. Drivers were more than twice as likely to become disengaged while behind the wheel after a month of using pilot assist technology. Dmitry Kalinovsky/Shutterstock

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...look at or pick up their phones while using the technology than when driving manually, according to IIHS.

 

While they were more likely to pick up their phones as they became more accustomed to ACC, those drivers did not increase the frequency of texting or other kinds of cell phone activities known to increase the chances of a crash.

 

Reagan, the lead author of the study, explained the research supports the institute’s call for more robust ways to ensure a driver is paying attention and ready to take the wheel when using partial automation. This is just one of the safeguards that IIHS has put forth to ensure safety and decrease driver disengagement.

 

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