Technology hasn’t replaced good driving: RACQ

New research has found drivers who used modern safety features in their vehicles were more prone to become complacent, prompting a warning from the State’s peak motoring body.

News.com.au reported a study from the American Automobile Association found motorists who used assistance systems, like adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking, were almost twice as likely to drive distracted behind the wheel.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding warned under Queensland road rules, drivers were always responsible for the safe operation of their vehicles.

“This study was about Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, and as the name of these technologies suggest – they assist drivers, they don’t replace them,” Mr Spalding said.

“A car with these systems is likely to be safer than a car without, however there are limitations and they should be used in addition to, not instead of, a driver paying attention to the road.”

Mr Spalding said drivers in the market for vehicles with driver assistance technologies should take the time to understand what they were, how they worked and their constraints.  

“While autonomous vehicles will be in our future, we’re not there yet and drivers need to be familiar with the features of their car and in control at all times,” he said.

“At the end of the day, the rules still say the person in the driver’s seat is the one in control.”