People who live in New Mexico and who have purchased or leased new vehicles in the last few years have likely noticed that more and more of these vehicles are including features that allow vehicles to be more proactive in helping drivers avoid collisions. You have probably at least seen ads for cars with features like automatic emergency braking or lane departure alerts. All of these features are touted as being able to improve safety but it is important to know that some might do the opposite.
As explained by The Verge, one problem with the technologies used in driver assist features is that there is no industry standard for how they work. Every manufacturer can and has developed their own version of the technologies and that might just be confusing for drivers as they struggle to learn how to operate or interact with each one.
Some testing also found that some of the technologies can get confused at times. An example was seen in the lane departure feature on one vehicle where it was unable to understand the raised dots on a road in one state as it might have been programmed to see and respond to painted lines instead. The actual alert sounds produced might also end up being distracting, and therefore dangerous, to drivers.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give residents in New Mexico an overview of some of the things they should investigate and learn about before purchasing a car with self-driving features included.