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GM study analyzes real-world effectiveness of ADAS

General Motors has released the results of a study that it conducted with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute on the effectiveness of ADAS: advanced driver assistance systems. After looking at the crash data for 3.8 million GM vehicles, analysts found just how well ADAS can prevent crashes. Drivers in New Hampshire will want to know more.

It turns out that the more automated a vehicle is, the safer it is. So, for example, rear-view cameras by themselves can reduce backing-out crashes by 21%, but combine this with rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert and reverse automatic braking, and such crashes become 81% less likely.

Forward automatic braking, combined with forward collision alert, cut down the number of rear-end collisions by 46% whereas forward collision alert on its own brought the number down by 21%. Lane departure warning and lane-keep assist were also helpful, reducing lane departure accidents by 20%. There were 26% fewer crashes during lane changing when cars had blind-spot alert and lane-change alert.

The non-profit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in a study released June 2019, has come up with results that mirror those of the GM study. For instance, rear AEB with rear-view cameras and parking sensors can decrease the number of backing-out crashes by 78%. However, ADAS is expensive to replace.

Another issue is that many drivers disengage ADAS out of annoyance. On the other hand, if they turn ADAS on, they may develop a false sense of security and become negligent behind the wheel. Those injured in motor vehicle accidents through another's negligence can seek compensation under personal injury law, but they may want to see a lawyer first for advice and guidance. They may even have the lawyer speak on their behalf at the negotiation table.

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