Why drivers deactivate lane departure


The plethora of technology enhancements in today’s vehicles is quite challenging. It is also being dumped on the market at such a rate that it is inevitable that some may not be of a standard that many drivers expect.One such enhancement is the lane departure warning (lane assist). 


We can question why lane departure warning draws such a lukewarm response from drivers thus far. This is compared to other kinds of crash prevention technology. Examples include forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring?


Researchers in the US speculate that there may be a link between the occurrence of so-called false alarms and the failure of many drivers to use indicators consistently. A lane change without a indicator activation will trigger an alarm. Many drivers are lax about using their indicators 100% of the time — especially in light traffic. Also, shifted lanes in construction zones might lead to more false alarms.


Additionally, researchers note that in some models, it’s much easier to turn off lane departure warning compared to forward collision warning.


The new study raises questions whether manufacturers can implement subtle changes to make lane departure warning a more popular and valued safety feature. “In the future, it will be useful to compare systems with different types of alerts and levels of sensitivity to see whether those differences make people more or less likely to use the technologies,” said Ian Reagan, an IIHS senior research scientist who authored the study.


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