New information presented by Ford Motor Company reveals that a majority of consumers want “driver-assist” technology to become more available in car models. September 19, 2012
Although many car manufacturers have incorporated technology into new models that help drivers become more aware of their car’s surroundings, a recent article from The Scientific American reveals that the benefits of these features could just be in their infancy. The article states that Ford Motor Company recently presented new data that found drivers are looking for more “driver-assist” features in new car models. The research, collected from more than 2,500 drivers polled by market research firm Penn Schoen Berland, found that 99 percent of these participants already claim to be “safe drivers,” yet still have a desire for such technology to become more present in modern automobiles. Montlick & Associates, a law firm that has provided representation in a variety of cases involving automobile accidents, is encouraged by these findings, and hopes that it indicates more individuals are looking to drive responsibly.
According to the article, the features that consumers are looking for are diverse. It states, “Among those polled, more than 80 percent said they would like help staying in their lane” – features that Ford has observed could “help avoid accidents when drivers are drowsy or distracted.” In addition, “More than half of the drivers want still other assists: notification that a car or person is in their blind spot; a collision warning system that activates in time for the driver to hit the brakes; cruise control that automatically slows a car when the vehicle ahead slows; voice-activated mobile phone dialing and texting; and self-parking capabilities.”
David R. Montlick, CEO of Montlick & Associates, recognizes that these features could be beneficial to drivers, but adds that even simple technological solutions could boost driver awareness. He explains, “One feature that I find useful is having a heads up display where speed and other information is displayed in the windshield. It minimizes greatly the amount of time you need to spend taking your eyes off the road. Hopefully this will become standard among all car models at some point.”
While this research could lay a path for the future of the automobile industry, Ford remains cautious to label such technology as “safety features,” acknowledging that drivers must remain vigilant about their own driving behaviors. Montlick responds, “At Montlick & Associates, we have been representing people injured in auto accidents since 1984. We have seen the benefits of new technology in preventing and helping to reduce the extent of injuries that are sustained in auto and truck accidents. Montlick & Associates is an experienced legal firm that handles a wide variety of cases and complaints associated with personal injury, including car, truck and auto accidents, drunk driving accidents, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents, SUV accidents, brain and head injuries, workers’ compensation, premises liability, job injuries, nursing home abuse, falls, social security disability, animal bites, products liability and medical malpractice.
Montlick & Associates provides a free consultation with an attorney to all clients. Live Online Chat at http://www.montlick.com.
For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2012/9/prweb9917560.htm