BOSTON, Oct. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- While new autonomous safety technologies bring peace-of-mind to the driving experience, they can cause unexpected hassles and delays for carwash-bound vehicle owners, whose cars become virtually immobilized at the facility's entrance, according to a new report from car-shopping site BestRide.com.
Released in the midst of Fall Car Care Month, the report identified dozens of domestics and imports that require owners to manually deactivate computerized safety systems before proceeding through the soap and suds.
"Collision detection, auto hold braking and other technologies are coming to every car as standard equipment by 2020," said BestRide Editor-in- chief Craig Fitzgerald. "Consumers have no idea about the unintended consequences of these technologies on simple, everyday tasks. We want drivers to be informed before they get to the car wash."
From entry level models and ultra-luxury sedans, to compacts and SUV's, the number of affected new vehicles is extensive, and includes Acura, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, RAM, Range Rover, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota and Volvo. BestRide.com released a comprehensive list of the adjustments you need to make before entering the car wash.
"There's no standardization in how autonomous and automatic braking systems work, how they're disabled, or even if they can be disabled," said International Car Wash Association CEO Eric Wulf, whose organization addresses the situation by providing a comprehensive Special Needs Vehicles guide on its website. "Some kind of a standardized engineering solution would be something we'd love to talk to the OEMs about."
BestRide.com has over 4 million new and used car listings from automotive dealers nationwide. The BestRide Publishing Network is visited by more than 23 million car shoppers each month providing them with comprehensive pricing information, in-depth automotive research and reviews, side-by-side comparison tools, and more, all in an easy to navigate website.
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