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Auto-pilot cars may boost distraction, add risk

Tuesday, June 2, 2015by  Jon Osterberg

distracted driverNew cars built with cutting-edge safety features might actually increase risk, according to a New York Times editorial.

Sophisticated technology now allows luxury cars to self-pilot themselves. They maintain safe following distances, change lanes, and monitor blind spots to prevent accidents. But some experts fear that as drivers disengage from actively steering and controlling their cars, they become too distracted to take control when danger appears.

The irony is obvious: automated safety systems that foster distraction, increasing risk.

Mercedes-Benz and Audi say their smart cars include features that remind drivers to pay attention to the road. Read the Times editorial.

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