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 …

AAA Car Guide Gives Top Marks to Fuel-Efficient, High-Tech Vehicles

BOISE – In response to feedback from new vehicle shoppers, the 2022 AAA Car Guide recognizes vehicles that offer outstanding fuel efficiency and an impressive array of driver assistance technology without sacrificing ride comfort, safety, and quality. This year’s overall winner was the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium AWD electric vehicle.  Idaho drivers who are …

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 …

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 …

Driver Monitoring Systems Have Limited Effectiveness

BOISE – To prevent misuse and overreliance on new vehicle technology, many auto manufacturers have added driver monitoring systems that can detect inattentive behavior.  But according to AAA, these systems need significant upgrades in order to work as intended. Direct systems use driver-facing cameras to identify disengagement, while indirect systems only track data provided by …

AAA: Are you Ready for Snow and Ice?

PORTLAND, Ore. – With snow and below-freezing temperatures expected for much of Oregon, AAA Oregon/Idaho urges drivers to be prepared for winter driving conditions. The National Weather Service in Portland says the forecast looks increasingly wintry for even lower elevations of northwest Oregon as a prolonged period of below normal temperatures begins this weekend. “Make …