The first self-driving auto fatality in the U.S. once again raises the question for this risk industry vet: Are In-car Technologies Influencing Dangerous Driving Behaviors?
By Art Liggio, President, Driving Dynamics
On May 7 Joshua D. Brown an Ohio resident in his 40s was killed in Florida when he drove under the trailer of an 18-wheel semi truck while operating his Tesla Model S in “Autopilot” mode
Getting beyond the sensational headlines and the tragic loss, what can we learn from this incident? Is there something new to learn here or does it remind us of safety principles already proven but largely ignored? The answer is “yes” on both counts.
Regarding “safety principles already proven but largely ignored” should be, I believe, of significant concern to fleet operators and safety professionals. What I’m referring to here is the concept of Risk Compensation, which can be explained as: the more protected a person feels, the less cautiously the individual behaves. The principles of which have been well demonstrated and proven. To provide added insight on this concept, following is an article I wrote many years ago but which still has relevance today—perhaps more so now that in-car technologies designed to aid driving are more quickly being developed and introduced.