Many of the latest cars have state-of-the-art safety technology called electronic driver assistance systems. Carmakers say the systems help vehicles stay in their lanes or avoid a crash.
However, testing by the American Automobile Association shows that the driver assistance systems may not always work. The American motor club warned that drivers shouldn’t depend too much on the systems, and they should always be ready to take control.
Some of the systems have the word “pilot” in their name. The AAA said that this word could make some drivers believe the vehicles can drive themselves. This is “not correct,” said AAA’s Greg Brannon.
“These systems are made as an aid to driving, they are not autonomous,” Brannon said.
The auto club tested vehicles including the Tesla Model S and the 2018 Nissan Rogue. The Tesla’s system is called Autopilot, while the Nissan’s system is named ProPilot Assist. (AP)