Advanced Vehicle Technology
Advanced vehicle technology holds the promise of eliminating drunk driving once and for all. Two exciting developments will help reach this goal: a passive alcohol detection system and
the eventual deployment of completely driverless vehicles. On June 14, 2017, MADD National President Colleen Sheehey- Church testified before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee in support of autonomous vehicle technology as another way to combat drunk driving. During the testimony, MADD shared its vision for this technology. MADD supports the development of future automotive technologies including autonomous vehicles that could eventually eliminate drunk driving.
MADD SUPPORTS THE DEVOLOPMENT OF
FUTURE AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGIES THAT COULD EVENTUALLY ELIMINATE DRUNK DRIVING.
In the coming years, autonomous technology will replace the need for drivers to control their vehicles. This incredible innovation could be a game changer in behavioral traffic safety, because 94 percent of all traffic fatalities are caused by driver behavior. Almost all of these fatalities — especially those caused by impaired driving — are completely preventable. As key stakeholders, MADD is working with automakers, technology companies, suppliers and lawmakers to make sure that autonomous technologies are safe and available as soon as possible. MADD is proud to champion this effort and represent the millions of victims of drunk driving.
LEVELS OF VEHICLE AUTOMATION*
PARTIAL AUTOMATION Vehicle has combined automated functions, like acceleration and steering, but the driver must remain engaged with the task at all times.
CONDITIONAL AUTOMATION Driver is a necessity, but not required to monitor the environment. The driver must be ready to take control of the vehicle at all times with notice.
Zero autonomy; the driver performs all driving tasks.
Vehicle is contolled by the driver, but some driving assist features may be included in the vehicle design.
The vehicle is capable of performing all driving functions under certain conditions. The driver may have the option to control the vehicle.
Driver is not required. The vehicle is capable of performing all driving functions under all conditions. The driver may have the option to control the vehicle.
*Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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