Listen: Alex Epstein, Hilary Abraham, Andy Christianson discussed on All Things Considered
"Burg's the vehicle even flip through the owner's manual. But he still has knowledge gaps about his cars. Advanced features a recent AAA study found he's like a lot of people four out of five drivers didn't know their blindspot detectors can miss pedestrians or vehicles at certain speeds, a quarter said they no longer always check their blind spots. If that's the attitude, then it's only a matter of time before you get in an accident UC, Irvine vehicle technology researcher, Hilary Abraham doesn't blame drivers for their misconceptions. Most people look to their car salesman to explain their. Hi tech features. But she says they don't always have the answers the onus is really being placed on the consumer to find information, but it's really difficult to find first drivers have to sort through all the jargon advanced cruise control on one car is active cruise control on another or intelligent cruise control or destroy plus automatic emergency. Breaking has over forty different names. And Alex Epstein at the nonprofit national safety council says each one works differently. Some don't stop you. Some just slow you down some can't see pedestrians others can. And the problem is there's no common nomenclature out there. There is no commonality. He says many drivers deactivate the features because. They don't understand them and find them annoying automakers acknowledged the confusion Andy christianson works on advanced safety features for Nissan. He says automakers shouldn't try to explain all the complex limitations instead customers need to keep in mind. One guiding rule these allergies aren't driving for them. They are still driving. They're still in full control. These systems of helping in the background the national safety council thinks drivers should know the individual limitations to explain them. The council's launched a website and a smartphone game of all things. But Epstein says there's."