Safer Driver Assistance Tech Now More Important Than Self-Driving Cars, Consumers Say

Drivers overwhelmingly want automakers to improve existing driver support features before developing fully autonomous vehicles (AVs), and recent crash tests confirmed that inconsistent performance remains a problem with these semi-autonomous systems currently on the market.

Those are the main highlights of new research released on Thursday by the AAA automotive group.

“You can’t sell consumers on the future if they don’t trust the present,” Greg Brannon, director of AAA’s automotive engineering, said in a statement. “And drivers tell us they expect their current driving assistance technology to perform safely all the time. But unfortunately, our testing demonstrates spotty performance is the norm rather than the exception.”

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