Forward collision avoidance study from the Highway Loss Data Institute
What's the problem? HDLI doesn't know. Lane departure is still a new technology, so HDLI's vice president, Matt Moore, suggests that as more data comes in, the systems may eventually be vindicated.
Moore also suggests that the problem could lie with the technology's first-generation status: "It may be that drivers are getting too many false alarms, which could make them tune out the warnings or turn them off completely." As a result, the tech isn't playing much of a factor in collisions.
Why did Volvo perform better? HDLI suggests that it may have something to do with the fact that Volvo's lane departure system is bundled with the collision system mentioned above, which provides automatic braking.
Bottom line: This technology may not be ready for prime-time yet -- at least not until it comes with auto brakes.
Want a little more info? Here's a short clip from HDLI explaining some of these findings:
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