Car technology could make drivers worse

The increase in automatic safety systems in modern cars could ‘dumb down’ drivers

Advances in safety technology has brought with it features in cars such as adaptive cruise control which slows when the traffic in front slows, audible alerts if you stray across lanes on a motorway and radar systems to detect hazards on the road in front.

All of these advances, according to an article in technology magazine, Wired, could mean drivers actually have less to concentrate on whilst driving and can make them ‘lazy’ at the wheel and lose a level of attention to their surroundings. It goes on to say that whilst new technologies can help us avoid certain hazards, the more we rely on them and the way in which we react to them may create new unseen problems in driver behaviour.

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