ADAS adoption is worth exploring for safety’s sake

According to NTSB, “A large percentage of highway crashes are caused by distracted or inattentive drivers. Collision-avoidance and connected-vehicle technologies can address the human error that can lead to crashes-saving thousands of lives on the nation’s roads.”

The agency specifically referred to things like forwarding collision warning and automatic emergency braking because they can warn drivers of upcoming hazards and also can act in the event the driver fails to take action based on the warning.

On the other hand, during a session at the recent Technology & Maintenance Council meeting, we learned that fleets have been slow to adopt ADAS. During the session, the American Transportation Research Institute’s senior vice president Dan Murray explained that fleets and drivers say they are concerned that driver control will be compromised if ADAS is installed on a vehicle. Murray believes this is a result of a misunderstanding of how the systems work. There is also concern over cost and maintenance of the systems.