J.D. Power’s 2019 U.S. Tech Experience Index Study, released Tuesday, considers the way drivers interact with, or choose to disable, advanced driver assistance systems in vehicles.
The study measures owners’ experiences, use of and interaction with 38 driver-centric vehicle technologies, including entertainment and connectivity, collision protection and comfort and convenience. The study also measures owners’ experiences with driving assistance technology, smartphone mirroring and navigation.
The Hyundai Kona, Toyota C-HR, Kia Forte, Chevrolet Blazer, Porsche Cayenne and Ford Expedition also ranked highest in their segments. Aside from the Stinger, the top-performing vehicles’ scores were not made available.
Certain alerts were particularly annoying, according to the study. On average, 23 percent of customers with lane-keeping and centering systems found them bothersome.
“Automakers are spending lots of money on advanced technology development, but the constant alerts can confuse and frustrate drivers,” said Kolodge. “If they can’t be sold on lane-keeping — a core technology of self-driving — how are they going to accept fully automated vehicles?”
The study also found that built-in entertainment and connectivity apps are not meeting owners’ expectations. Among the 29 percent of owners who have discontinued use of built-in apps, 46 percent say they “do not need it” and 18 percent say they “have another device that performs the function better.”
Carla Bailo, CEO of the Center for Automotive Research, told Automotive Newsin July there is a need to educate consumers about in-vehicle technology.
“The automated driver assistance systems that are now on vehicles,” Bailo said, “sixty percent of people are turning them off. Why? Because they don’t understand how they operate. So they’re beeping at them; they hate the beeping, they don’t know how to change the settings, so they’re just turning it off.”