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Drivers Turn Off “Annoying” Safety Systems

Research shows that the technologies can be viewed as a “nagging parent.”
Drivers Turn Off “Annoying” Safety Systems
September 9, 2019

J.D. Power reports that drivers are turning off certain car safety systems because they are “annoying or bothersome.” Car makers have invested large amounts of money in semi-autonomous and driver-assist systems designed to make driving safer. However, J.D. Power research shows that the technologies can be viewed as a “nagging parent.”

Among the more disliked features, according to J.D. Power’s 2019 U.S. Tech Experience Index Study, were systems designed to keep drivers in their proper lane. The study found that 23 percent of drivers with those systems complained that the alerts were annoying, and 61 percent said they disabled the systems sometimes. Observers say criticism of these safety features could signal trouble when it comes to wider acceptance of fully autonomous vehicles.

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