MIT Study Suggests “Smart” Safety Systems May Lead to “Stupid” Accidents

Active safety systems are becoming more and more common in modern cars. Features such as lane departure warning or blind spot information systems are meant to let the car’s onboard “clever” electronics help you avoid dangerous situations – and in extreme cases, take over automatically apply full force to the braking system. However, a recent study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on driver distraction suggests that there can be too much of a good thing, even in safety-related systems.