• Club News: ANWB members experience the latest driver assistance technologies

    18 October 2017
    At the end of the summer, the Koninklijke Nederlandse Toeristenbond (ANWB) held the Safe Car Experience and gave 65 members the opportunity to experience advanced vehicle safety technologies. Autonomous emergency braking systems – either with or without pedestrian detection systems – are relatively new and at this event ANWB members could test the technology on an enclosed track. In one demonstration, a collision with another car was prevented, and in another the test car prevented a collision with a dummy child. After several minutes’ driving in a single file, the participants arrived at an intersection with a main road. Although the test cars could manage many different situations, they could not effectively adapt to traffic regulations. To avoid a collision with priority traffic, the drivers had to resume control of the brakes. A final test was carried out where the drivers could experience the advantages of a car equipped with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) for themselves. The stability system, which prevents wheel-spinning, has been a mandatory system on every new passenger car since 2014. Drivers rarely get the opportunity to test new vehicle safety technologies. Ensuring that drivers understand how these technologies work is essential for their effective deployment. Too often, drivers are given vehicle technologies that they do not fully understand and this can result in either over-reliance or mistrust of the new technology. The results of a survey on drive assist systems among the participating ANWB members will be published later this year. Nevertheless, the respondents awarded the Safe Car Experience 8.4 out of 10.