Modern technology has changed our lives behind the wheel. We can see things we did not see before and survive crashes that were once all but guaranteed to be fatal. So, out of all the new features and products, which ones are the most popular with motorists?
Convenience and safety
According to a Consumer Reports survey of 47,000 people, motorists are most attracted to features that make driving less stressful and safer. More specifically, these features include:
- Blind spot warning
- Rear cross traffic detection
- Automatic emergency braking
- Forward collision warnings
- Adaptive cruise control
- Lane-centering assist
- Backup cameras
These systems can respond faster than humans, see things we cannot see and take action when we fail to.
The popularity list may not be surprising, but it is interesting to see that many of these systems are both effective and well-liked by consumers.
There are limits to safety technology
As these safety features becoming more popular and common, they are also improving. Whether these features involve complex computer software, lights, sensors or audible alerts, they are increasingly effective at helping drivers and passengers stay safe.
However, becoming overly reliant on technology can be a big mistake. As advanced as the technology and safety features in our cars may be, crashes still happen when systems fail or when people make mistakes.
Further, some drivers will tune out or turn off features they find intrusive and annoying. For instance, people might ignore beeps when they drift out of their lane.
Unless and until cars become entirely autonomous, drivers must still pay attention, keep their hands on the wheel and obey traffic laws, regardless of how many features a vehicle may have. With all this in mind, it is clear that combining a safe vehicle with a safe driver can be the best way to avoid accidents and get home safely.