The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the US tested the driver assistance systems in several luxury cars from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla and Volvo, with the goal of developing a rating system in the future.
The automatic cruise control systems in four different series of tracks were evaluated, in addition to the active lane-keeping capability in challenging situations as curves and hills. The early tests show that today’s assistance systems aren’t robust substitutes for human drivers yet, but IIHS mentions that these assistance systems could contribute to a significant reduction in the frequency and severity of accidents.
The institute is aiming for more tests to move toward a rating system for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Vehicle manufacturers are trying to automate the vehicle partially to keep the driver engaged.
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