Would You Trust Autonomous Emergency Braking Systems?
Touted as reducing reducing rear end collisions by up to 55%, the question is would you trust an autonomous system to stop your car?
During the recent Shannons Nationals 2019 Final at the Bend Motorsport Park, South Australia, ANCAP Safety, Australiasia's independent vehicle safety authority, joined forces with Hyundai Australia to demonstrate the latest in autonomous emergency breaking systems by allowing anyone with a drivers license to jump behind the wheel of a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV and drive towards a stationary object.
An inflatable SUV was used as the stationary object for the demonstration / PHOTO: BeardySnaps
The car was limited on speed during the demonstration however this was done to simulate the speed where, according to the ANCAP representative on hand, most rear end collisions occur and in studies (unquoted) it had reduced collisions by 55%. Watching a few people participate, the system seemed to work quite well pulling up the car in a timely manner and avoiding the collision.
Behind the Hyundai Santa Fe's grill, lies the censors used to operate the system / PHOTO: BeardySnap
These systems seem like a good idea, but would people start putting too much trust in them leading to excuses of "Oh my autonomous system failed, sorry about your car!". Autonomous cars are heading our way but are you ready to put your trust into a system like this now?