AAA: Drivers Rely Too Much On New Safety Tech

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A vehicle's backup camera. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- In a study published Wednesday, the American Automobile Association (AAA) said that drivers are relying too heavily on driver assistance technologies like lane assist, collision warning, and blind spot cameras--leaving them unaware of safety issues with their vehicles.

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WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Ben Parker spoke with AAA's Mary Maguire about the findings of the study. She said the tech could prevent many crashes if everyone's car had it--but that there are still gaps in users' understanding of what the technology can and can't do.

"What the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is urging people not to do is, not to become over-reliant on their ADS systems in their car," Maguire said. "So in other words, you have a back-up camera, but you're not turning around, swiveling your head around to make sure there's no one behind there, because of the fact that these systems do have limitations."

She noted that forward collision warning systems don't always pick up everything--and don't always apply your breaks for you. 

Hear the rest of the interview below.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Ben Parker reports

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