ADAS training needed to ensure it’s not a hazard, road safety charity warns

Advanced driver assistance systems are dangerous unless used correctly but awareness remains low

ADAS training needed to ensure it’s not a hazard, road safety charity warns

Vehicle manufacturers, dealerships, DVSA and driving instructors should include a comprehensive lesson for motorists on how to use advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) so they are a road safety benefit and not a potential hazard, by road safety charity IAM RoadSmart.

The urgent call has been made following the publication of a highly influential report by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) entitled ‘How to maximize the road safety benefits of ADAS’.

Some of the most widely known ADAS – many of which will become mandatory in new vehicles from July 2022 – include adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking systems, lane keeping assist and driver monitoring for drowsiness and distraction recognition.

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However, awareness and understanding of these systems is generally low among drivers.

The FIA’s report finds that most users do not receive any training when first encountering ADAS but have to rely on information from the user manual, and most alarmingly by applying a ‘trial-and-error’ method.

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.

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“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.”

Meanwhile, further recommendations from the FIA report, which IAM RoadSmart endorses, include a comprehensive explanation to end-users of the systems’ limitations, more consistently accurate functioning of ADAS in practice and the introduction of fail-safe communications to alert users if any of the systems fail, helping to mitigate any potential road safety risk.

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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.”

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    Vehicle manufacturers, dealerships, DVSA and driving instructors should include a comprehensive lesson for motorists on how to use advanced driver ass
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    Meat-Head
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    Ok so in time all vehicles will have it, how does it stand up
    When your down “Da’ Hood’ and thommo, nosher, Dennis & Gnasher
    Stand in front of your car to try and get your last Rolo off you?

    Just going to cause bad driving, the computer should log all
    Events where it kicks in, gps time etc.

    Then if keep doing it, it shuts the car down and fills it with
    Poundland ‘fart spray’

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    Colin
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    Local Authorities and the Highways Agency need to improve the quality of road markings. Worn out lane marking and reflecting black overbanding cause issues with LKA.
    Until this is sorted, LKA will struggle.

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