Examining the safety benefits of partial vehicle automation technologies in an uncertain future
Subtype: Technical report
Author(s): Naumann, Rebecca B.; Kreuger, L. Kurt; Sandt, Laura S.; Lich, Kristen Hassmiller; Bauchwitz, Benjamin; Kumfer, Wes; Combs, Tabitha
Publisher: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
Publication Date: Aug-2023
Address: Washington, DC
Abstract: Vehicle technology advancements are a crucial piece of the Safe System Approach, with the potential to contribute to significant transportation safety gains over the next several decades. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) technologies represent a range of advanced vehicle functions that increase driver comfort by automating parts of the driving task under certain conditions, as well as increase safety by warning drivers of dangerous situations and braking or steering automatically to prevent or mitigate collisions. ADAS technologies have become increasingly popular in vehicles over the last several years, yet there is substantial uncertainty in the likely magnitudes of their safety benefits, as well as the rate at which safety benefits will be realized. The objective of this work was to estimate how many motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and deaths ADAS technologies are likely to prevent over the next 30 years, taking into account the many complex and interconnected factors affecting the availability, effectiveness, uptake, and use of current as well as future ADAS technologies.