Active safety technology has become a rather common set of core features on new cars, but not at General Motors. GM continues to offer active safety technology for a price, often locked away in expensive trim levels. Meanwhile, drivers with vehicles that do feature the technology have reported very good things.
Consumer Reports conducted a national survey of 72,000 drivers to see if active safety features actually work in the real world. The results speak for themselves: the majority of Americans, 57 percent, said at least one active safety feature prevented a crash while they were driving. Active safety technology includes automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and more.
Of the technologies, blind spot warning was the most popular. A total of 60 percent in the survey said the system helped avoid a crash. Also nearly above the majority was automatic emergency braking. In the survey, 47 percent of respondents said AEB avoided a collision with another item, car, or pedestrian. Rear automatic emergency braking (available on the Cadillac XT5), was even more popular with 52 percent saying it avoided a crash.
The least popular systems? Lane keep assist and lane departure warning. The two technologies were most often turned off while driving and drivers noted their alerts were often annoying, or correction was too harsh.
All of this said, we do hope GM begins to rival other brands with a standard suite of active safety technology. For an automaker that bets its future on zero crashes, zero congestion, and zero emissions, the lack of standard active safety equipment (especially on Cadillacs) is rather head-scratching.
It appears this will soon change, though. The Cadillac XT6 will be the first GM vehicle to offer a standard automatic emergency braking system. The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer and its Buick Encore GX cousin will come equipped with even more. Front Pedestrian Braking, Automatic Emergency Braking, as well as Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning will all be standard on the sub-compact-plus crossovers. Further, Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Park Assist and a High Definition Rear Vision Camera will all be optional.
Source: Consumer Reports