Consumers everywhere want as much active safety technology as they can get in their new cars. While technology changes and evolves frequently, it’s also tough to decipher what each name means because carmakers can call the technology whatever it wants.
AAA claimed last week that it is hoping to standardize the names for all safety technology that is currently offered on vehicles. A study AAA did recently looked at 34 different brands and found that the advanced assistance systems varied significantly and might overpromise some of the features. For example, the Tesla Autopilot and Nissan ProPilot Assist might suggest more autonomy than is currently available from the system. Up to 40 percent of consumers expect a system with a name like that to have self-driving capabilities, and no carmaker is there yet.
The technologies can help the driver keep the car in the center of the lane and set a particular distance from the next vehicle, but they do require some driver attention.
One of the most varied terms in the automotive industry is the automatic emergency braking system. It’s designed to apply the brakes when the system detects a collision is possible. AAA found 40 different variations of the name between those 34 brands. Along with such, there were 20 different variations of surround-view cameras and adaptive cruise control names from the 34 brands.
If that wasn’t enough, AAA also found active lane control with 19 variations, automatic high-beam headlights with 18 varieties, blind-spot monitors with 19 variations, driver monitoring with 13 variations, rear cross-traffic alerts with 15 variations, forward-collision warnings with eight variations, semi-automatic park assist with 12 variations and five variations with night vision or pedestrian-detection options. However, emergency braking is one of the most prevalent issues right now because it is featured on more vehicles than other active safety technology.