Are new safety features making driving safer?

A few years ago, only the higher end cars came with advanced safety features. Now, with the technology becoming more prevalent and cheaper it is becoming hard to find new cars that don’t come with safety features.

New safety features are aimed at reducing the number of accidents caused by distracted drivers. Things such as blind spot detection, pre-collision warning systems and lane keeping assist features are designed to warn, or even actively avoid dangerous situations that may arise in traffic. But are these features making us safer drivers, or just lazier?

It is hard to speculate how much of an impact on traffic safety these safety features are having but drivers are starting to appreciate their value. In a recent Edmunds survey, more than 40 percent of consumers said they would spend between $1,000 and $2,000 more for a vehicle that has active safety features.

The automakers are also realizing the value of safety features not only for their profit generating potential, but as appealing to millennials which are the new customer base. All this is paving the way to the phasing in of self-driving vehicles which will be making their way onto the nation’s highways soon.

In the past, it has taken a long time for pricey new technologies to work their way down market from luxury to mainstream vehicles, but because of new changes in policy that are mandating the use of many active features to become standard, the pace has become much rapid.

The automakers, lawmakers, and safety experts are hoping that as more drivers become accustomed to more and more advanced active safety features they will get better used to the idea of letting the car do more of the driving. All this leading the way to a driverless future in which all the responsibility of driving will be finally turned over to the car itself.