Automotive Testing

As a service to its members, the automotive industry and the general public, AAA’s Automotive Engineering department researches and tests new vehicle technology to evaluate the systems’ benefits and limitations. Results from individual test projects can be found on


Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

As we cruise toward a day of self-driving cars, we find ourselves relinquishing control of basic vehicle systems. Turning on lights, locking the doors, warning of obstacles behind the vehicle, maintaining speed and following distance – these are all tasks that can be managed automatically by the vehicle. Read More »

Blind-Spot Monitoring and Lane-Departure Warnings

A recent AAA study evaluated blind-spot monitoring and lane-departure warning systems to catalog their performance in a variety of traffic conditions. Read More »

Advanced Headlight Technology

You may have thought it was a myth used to keep people from speeding, but new research from AAA has shown that it is possible for a vehicle to outrun its headlights. Read More »

Electric Vehicle Range

The window sticker lists an MPGe (miles-per-gallon equivalent) of 129 city driving miles for the electric vehicle that caught your eye. The salesman shows you a chart that estimates your annual fuel savings will be $1,500. With a daily commute of less than 100 miles, your new EV is a budget-friendly choice. Read More »

Fuel Economy

AAA recently evaluated thousands of vehicles by comparing their Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy ratings with actual owner-reported gas mileage as listed on the EPA's website. Interestingly, 81.8 percent of drivers reported getting better fuel economy than the EPA estimates, although 16 percent of motorists reported their fuel economy was lower than the EPA ratings. Read More »

Rear-view Cameras

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that there are 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries annually due to back-over crashes. Perhaps more alarming is that 31 percent of those fatalities are children under 5 years of age. These sad statistics led NHTSA to pass legislation requiring all new passenger cars and light trucks to be equipped with back-up cameras by 2016, with full compliance by 2018. Read More »

Self-Parking Technology

As advanced automotive technology takes over everything from speed control to emergency braking, naysayers question the performance of these systems and their ability to operate the vehicle as effectively as veteran drivers. Read More »