Misuse of ADAS increase; perhaps its time for some public service ads by car brands and government on what not to do in an ADAS car.
A video of a Mahindra XUV700 driver has gone viral for all the wrong reasons. The driver is seen in the footage completely distracted and not paying attention to the road, sparking concerns over road safety and the misuse of advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) features in Indian cars.
The video, uploaded by an Instagram profile with the handle name ‘afsar_ghudasi44’, shows the driver taking unnecessary risks by putting both feet on the passenger seat’s headrest while the car appears to be driving on its own using the ADAS features. The footage has been shared widely on social media, with many people expressing their concerns over the dangerous stunt.
While ADAS features are meant to assist drivers, it is crucial to remember that they are not a substitute for safe driving practices. Drivers must remain fully attentive and in control of the vehicle at all times, even when using advanced safety features.
Past instances of ADAS misuse in India
The misuse of ADAS features is not limited to the Mahindra XUV700, as similar incidents have been reported in other cars as well. Many people indulge in dangerous stunts to create content for social media, often disregarding rules and putting themselves and others at risk. CarToq has featured such instances in the past. The most notable ones were people playing Ludo in the XUV700 while the car moves on ADAS and another where a driver was videoed sleeping as the car movies on its own.
The viral video has sparked outrage among internet users, with many calling for action against such reckless driving. It is important to raise awareness about the dangers of misusing ADAS features and promote responsible driving practices to ensure the safety of all road users.
Agitated responses to the video on Twitter
“Unreal just for reel @anandmahindra @MahindraXUV700, it’s a travesty that we have to share roads with people like these This is just insane !!” wrote one Twitter user sharing the video and tagging Mahindra Chairman in the post.
“Why is everyone cribbing, what’s wrong with this video. In the US there are millions of videos as this. Leave your ego aside and explore EV,” tweeted another user, defending the driver’s actions.
In response to the tweet, many users criticized the user for promoting dangerous driving and putting the lives of others at risk. Some users called for stricter laws and enforcement to prevent such incidents from happening again. We believe car manufacturers should quickly start educating users on the use and misuse of ADAS features. And the government should also get into the act and perhaps produce some PSAs to convey the seriousness of the issue.
More cars with ADAS coming soon
In related news, Tata has introduced some trucks with ADAS. The company said that it would help eliminate some accidents on the road. The 2023 Honda City sedan has also just been launched with ADAS, making it the cheapest vehicle in India with ADAS.