Houston has its fair share of traffic accidents, but some researchers say these accidents have declined due to the advent of Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS). This year, the global market for ADAS was $27 billion, and that amount is expected to increase to $83 billion in the next 10 years. Researchers also say that vehicles equipped with ADAS had lower rates of accidents resulting in bodily injury and property damage.

What are some examples of ADAS?

ADAS includes systems that are meant to help people while driving, such as collision warnings. One researcher believes that crash avoidance technologies such as collision warnings or systems that force a car to keep a certain distance from others reduce crashes by about 3.5%. Other examples of ADAS include adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking.

Issues with ADAS

ADAS, which operate using artificial intelligence, are not perfect. Sometimes, an ADAS will incorrectly perceive a collision risk, such as when a car is on an on-ramp, which can cause the car to abruptly reduce its speed. These types of encounters could explain why 11% of drivers who have forward-collision warning and 17% of those with automated emergency braking turn off these features (which makes them useless).

Cost of insurance for vehicles with ADAS

Another issue with ADAS is that it makes vehicles equipped with ADAS significantly more costly to repair, which makes car insurance more expensive. Though research has begun to show that cars with ADAS are less likely to be involved in serious accidents, insurance companies are still reluctant to offer any kind of discount incentive to drivers who opt to install these technologies or who buy cars with ADAS. The increased cost of insurance and car repairs could be a disincentive for some drivers to purchase ADAS features.

Even drivers who have ADAS-equipped cars can still be responsible for causing accidents that result in personal injury. If you have been injured in an accident, you may want to consult with a personal injury attorney.