There has been a lot of discussion about self-driving cars being the future. They may still be. However, it is semi-autonomous rather than fully autonomous cars that appear to be the immediate future.
What are Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems?
Manufacturers expect the use of Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) to triple by 2030. Cars with these do not drive themselves. Instead, they help the driver to drive safer. Some do so by giving warnings. Others go a step further. If they do not feel the driver is reacting fast enough, they take action themselves.
It is hard to predict exactly how much safer ADAS-equipped cars will make our roads. While existing research suggests it reduces vehicle collisions, the figures vary. It stands to reason that the more cars out there with ADAS, the greater the benefit. Having two vehicles trying to avoid a potential collision is better than only one car being aware of the danger.
Are there any reasons not to buy a car with ADAS?
The current issue which may put you off buying an ADAS-equipped car is threefold. They cost more to buy and cost more to repair. They, therefore, cost more to insure. Yet, if one of these cars saves your life, you might consider it money well spent.
Despite having the latest technology in your car, you cannot reduce the crash risk to zero. Drivers can be unpredictable, particularly if distracted or drunk. ADAS cannot always spot them and take avoiding action in time. In-car safety features such as airbags and seatbelts can help prevent injury if crashes occur. However, they cannot eliminate all injuries. Until technology advances further, claiming people will still need compensation for their injuries in crashes.