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Drivers were <b>more than twice as likely to become disengaged </b>while behind the wheel after a month of using pilot assist technology. (Credit: Dmitry Kalinovsky/Shutterstock) Drivers were more than twice as likely to become disengaged while behind the wheel after a month of using pilot assist technology. (Credit: Dmitry Kalinovsky/Shutterstock)

As drivers become more accustomed to partial automation in cars, such as lane assist and adaptive cruise control (ACC), they grow increasingly disengaged and often remove both hands from the wheel, according to research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and MIT’s AgeLab.

The study looked at two groups of drivers: 10 using a Land Rover equipped with ACC, which maintains a chosen traveling speed and maintains a pre-established following distance. The other group of 10 drove a Volvo featuring ACC and pilot assist, a technology that keeps a vehicle positioned laterally in a lane.

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