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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 2:42 pm 
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What's our (NJ) take on this?

I got this email from GVC:
"Attention Genesee Valley Chapter HPDE Participants --
As you know, the automotive world is rapidly deploying a variety of safety-related driver aids, and we are heading toward a brave new world of semi- and fully autonomous vehicles. This will undoubtedly be of great benefit to traffic safety, especially given the rise in accident rates attributed to smartphone use. However, some of these new driver aids may adversely impact the use of such vehicles on a racetrack. In particular, cars with “automatic emergency braking” and/or “lane keeping assistance” systems may behave in unpredictable and undesirable ways on a racetrack.

Because there is so much uncertainty about how these systems behave in a variety of conditions, GVC have decided to ban all vehicles equipped with Automatic Emergency Braking and/or Lane Keeping Assistance systems (or their equivalent) for use in our HPDE events, even if these systems may be disabled by the driver.

Please consult your local new car dealership for assistance if you are unsure whether your vehicle is equipped with these collision avoidance systems. If your vehicle is so equipped, your only course of action will be to find another vehicle without said systems to use at the event. "

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P.S.: My cars are not impacted, but this certainly raises a lot of interesting questions.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:45 am 
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For anyone who attended our event at Thunderbolt last weekend, you noticed that we have not adopted any new restrictions on the cars we accept to our schools (sorry, still no convertibles). Our beginner and first-time run groups were filled with new M3s and M4s and we welcomed them.

These driver assistance systems such as emergency braking and lane departure warnings may be a distraction or an actual safety concern for track driving and students should consult with their instructors about whether to turn them off while on track. These are distinct and controlled separately from ABS, traction and stability control systems which we generally favor leaving on.

Jeff


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