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Research by the American Automobile Association has found that vehicles equipped with active driving assistance systems, experienced some type of issue every 13 kilometres, on average.

The AAA tested the functionality of active driving assistance systems in real-world conditions and in a closed-course setting.

On public roadways, nearly three-quarters (73%) of errors involved lane departure assistance or erratic lane position.

While AAA’s closed-course testing found that while the systems performed mostly as expected, they were particularly challenged when approaching a simulated disabled vehicle. When encountering this test scenario, a collision occurred 66% of the time and the average impact speed was 40 km/hr.

Our experience is that the systems are getting better but whether it has detected the situation properly or not and stops assisting you, is usually only indicated through small symbols on the dashboard that you have to be looking directly at to see.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto