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Are driver assist features really safe?

If you are like most people in New York, you have no doubt seen ads for new cars, trucks or sport utility vehicles that tout the inclusion of advanced safety features. Many of these features rely on technologies that in some way shape or form take over some of the responsibility of driving from the driver. While said to be focused on improving safety, some believe that these technologies might have the opposite effect.

As explained by ABC News, one concern being brought to light is that drivers might end up relying so much on the technologies in their vehicles that they feel they can abdicate some of their responsibilities when behind the wheel. A study conducted by Esurance actually found that one in four drivers have chosen to turn off some driver assist features in their vehicles. One reason for this may be due to the distracting nature of the alerts produced by these systems. One in ten drivers believe that driver assist features made them worse drivers.

Infotainment systems that are supposed to keep drivers' hands on steering wheels might do that but they simultaneously take drivers' eyes off the road all too often. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety believes that these systems are among the most dangerous in vehicles today. 

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give residents in New York some information about the growing number of driver assist features being built into new cars and how these features may or may not actually improve safety. 

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