New technologies now coming forward will have a significant effect on the way the public view crash safety – with cars being able to prevent or mitigate (reduce) the likelihood of a crash occurring in the first place.
'Advanced Driver Assist Systems’ come in many forms, including Lane Departure Warning & Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Warning, Driver Alerts, Alco-locks, Youth Key and Night Vision technologies. However, two of the most important ADAS systems are Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB).
The focus for Thatcham is on assessing the impact of these ADAS technologies and how they will affect motorists and insurers alike. You can find more detail on many of these systems and Thatcham's work on assessing their effectiveness in the pdf provided to your right.
Technology continues to influence vehicle design at a great pace, with more and more of these new systems being introduced onto new vehicles to help avoid crashes occurring in the first place. The next generation of primary safety systems are expected to have functionality capable of identifying and reacting to pedestrians as well as vehicles.
However, a great unknown in this technological rush is how the driver will react to such systems. How will they adapt to, or even drive to the technology? The driver, although better protected than ever, remains the great unknown.