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Survey: A lot of drivers aren't making use of safety benefits in cars

Plenty of technology packed into vehicles, but many drivers not taking advantage
By: Michael Hatamoto | Technology in Vehicles News | Posted: Aug 25, 2015 5:30 pm

Even though automakers are packing new technologies into vehicles, they might want to tone it down a bit, as many drivers avoid using these new features.

 

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Twenty percent of new car owners still didn't use half of the various features available following three months of car ownership. Once that three-month window passes, however, drivers aren't likely to suddenly beginning using those features, according to the 2015 Drive Report.

 

Thirty-five percent of drivers don't use automatic parking systems, 43 percent don't use built-in concierge systems, and 38 percent don't use mobile routers. Generation Y drivers (age 21-38) don't use infotainment systems, and still rely on directly using a smartphone.

 

"Customers say, 'I have a competing technology that's easier to use, or I've already paid for it - so why do I need it again?'" said Kristen Kolodge, executive director of driver interaction for JD Power, in a statement published by Reuters. "Is it really making it easier? That's where some of the value is being challenged."

NEWS SOURCES:Reuters.com, Automobilesreview.com

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