Drivers don’t know their car has emergency self-braking or how it works

Written by Ellie

A number of drivers aren’t aware that features such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB) are fitted to their vehicle and have little idea about how they work, according to a new survey.

Published by Arval, the research urges fleets to ensure their drivers understand that their vehicle comes with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) in a bid to ensure that they make a positive impact on safety.

Shaun Sadlier, Arval’s head of consultancy, highlighted the rate and range at which these systems are appearing on new models.

“A large range of ADAS devices are making their way onto company cars quite quickly in all parts of the market,” he said.

“This is a good thing; they can have a definite impact on the safety of drivers and other road users.”

Mr Sadlier underlined how it was very easy to forget about the systems due to their unobtrusive nature which often means they usually don’t make themselves known until they are needed.

“Drivers often don’t know they are fitted or what they do,” he added.

‘Definite safety implications’

In some cases, drivers didn’t know they had city braking on their car until the vehicle started braking for them. Mr Sadlier labelled this as “a failure of education”.

He went on to say: “Perhaps the most pertinent example I have heard is a driver who was puzzled that their car kept alerting them when they passed a coffee shop. In fact, it was the alertness system advising the driver to stop and take a rest. This has definite safety implications.”

The Arval man urged fleet decision makers to educate their drivers on the presence of ADAS and how they function.

“Certainly, if there is safety equipment fitted to a company car and you have not checked that the driver knows how it works, then you are neglecting something that could prevent injury or save a life,” Mr Sadlier added.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “ADAS equipment is popping up more and more in new cars so this issue isn’t going to go away or address itself so fleets need to do their part in making their drivers aware of this new potentially life-saving technology.”

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Posted on 28th August 2018

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