Now, a Bloomberg report features a bunch of auto experts from across the industry all worrying about the fact that such systems are already having an impact on drivers' abilities. Semi-autonomous systems are making the task of driving easier, they say, which breeds complacency and erodes attention.
But such measures aren’t enough for some people in the auto industry. "The idea that you can take your hands off the wheel for 15 seconds and the driver is still in control, that’s not realistic," said Adrian Lund, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, to Bloomberg. "If they’re taking their hands off for 15 seconds, then they’re doing some other things."