Drivers Want Better Tech, but aren’t Ready for Self-Driving Cars

BOISE – According to new research by AAA, 77% of drivers say they want automakers to focus on improving current driver assistance systems over producing self-driving cars.  And with good reason – during AAA testing, three vehicles with Level 2 partial automation failed to consistently avoid collisions with oncoming vehicles and bicyclists that crossed their …

AAA: Consumers Skeptical about Automated Vehicles

PORTLAND, Ore., – New research from AAA shows drivers overwhelmingly want automakers to improve the performance of existing driver assistance technologies rather than develop self-driving cars. And this view is backed by another round of AAA testing that shows these technologies don’t work consistently and can result in crashes with other vehicles and bicyclists. Here …

Safe Use of New Vehicle Tech Takes Training, Not Trial and Error

BOISE – As driving assistance technology becomes more widely available in new vehicles, AAA warns that knowledge gaps can lead to dangerous assumptions about how the system will perform.  According to new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers who received a brief, but comprehensive training session significantly outperformed those were left to …

“Intexticated Driving” is Dangerous Driving

BOISE – April is Distracted Driving Awareness month, and AAA is reminding drivers to keep their focus on the road through its annual safety campaign, “Don’t Drive Intoxicated, Don’t Drive Intexticated.”  Most people would never drink and drive, but they may not realize that distracted driving can have the same deadly consequences. According to the …

Why did Crashes Spike During COVID with Fewer Drivers on the Road?

PORTLAND, Ore., – As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the country, fewer drivers were on the roads and there was a significant reduction in the number of miles driven. And yet, the U.S. had the highest number of fatal crashes for 2020 in more than a decade, as well as an increase in crashes involving …

Switch to Daylight Saving Time Puts Focus on Sleep and Safety

BOISE – With the upcoming switch to Daylight Saving Time, AAA reminds drivers to watch for kids walking and biking to school, get plenty of rest, and make sure that vehicles are in good working order. According to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 95% of drivers view drowsy driving as very or …

AAA: Driver Monitoring Systems Need Improvements

PORTLAND, Ore., – As vehicles become more automated, many auto manufacturers realize some technologies may give drivers the false sense that the vehicle can drive itself. To counter this, driver monitoring systems with either a camera or steering wheel detection are used to prevent the deadly consequences of a distracted driver. However, new real-world testing …