ADAS: Drivers shouldn’t need to “hazard” a guess warns charity

Published:  13 January, 2021

The workings of ADAS systems are not just a challenge for those in the garage sector, with a warning being issued over the lack of awareness among drivers requiring an extensive training offering to prevent systems becoming a hazard.

Road safety charity IAM RoadSmart is urging VMs, car dealers, the DVSA and driving  instructors to put systems in place so drivers learn how systems work. The warning has come as a result of the publication of How To Maximize The Road Safety Benefits of ADAS, a report by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).

Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart Director of Policy and Research, said: “Advanced driver assistance systems have the potential to improve road safety, but only if used correctly. If used incorrectly, not least without a full understanding of what the systems are and are not capable of, they can have the opposite effect, with potentially worrying consequences for all road users.

“IAM RoadSmart therefore believes the time has now come to include a comprehensive lesson from every car dealer supplying vehicles and further, for more about ADAS to be included in the UK driving test. This is crucial as these tools begin to be supplied as standard on an increasing number of vehicles.”

Neil added: “There needs to be a much higher emphasis on educating drivers in the best use of technology. Vehicle manufacturers and car dealerships are key, ensuring that when a customer drives off the forecourt they understand and use the various safety systems correctly. Until this becomes the norm, IAM RoadSmart is exploring the potential for video tutorials that will plug the current gap.”

For details of the FIA’s ‘ADAS On Board’ campaign, endorsed in the UK by IAM RoadSmart, visit: www.adasonboard.eu

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