The automotive industry regularly introduces new technology that promises to make driving luxurious, convenient and safer. Some advanced features may improve safety and reduce accidents, but technology can pose a few unexpected risks.
Let’s delve into some of these technologies and their potential downsides.
Onboard infotainment systems
Touchscreen displays and voice commands have become integral parts of modern vehicles, offering entertainment and help with navigation. Unfortunately, using these features while driving still diverts operator attention, possibly increasing the risk of an accident. Even hands-free options can take a mental toll, impacting driving performance.
A powerful engine with aggressive acceleration and sporty handling capabilities can be enticing for some, but it may raise your accident risk. Vehicles with these features are typically challenging to control and require experience and exceptional driving skills. They may also tempt motorists to test the limits of the automobile, which is a dangerous practice.
Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS)
ADAS features like lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control can be helpful but are not foolproof. Over-reliance on them can lead to decreased engagement and slower reaction times. Additionally, system misinterpretations or malfunctions can cause unexpected behaviors — potentially leading to collisions.
Connected car technology
Cars with this technology can communicate in all directions with one another and other systems. It promises to improve safety and traffic flow by allowing systems to exchange data. However, this connectivity may be vulnerable to cyberattacks, which can compromise vehicle control.
Figuring out how another party’s negligence might have caused your accident and injuries can be challenging. With legal guidance, you can thoroughly investigate all possible causes, including whether the other driver was distracted by technology or something else.