Racers may find that safety vehicles are often as dangerous to racing drivers as they are actual competition, which was evident when Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi recently crashed into a recovery tractor that was sent out on an earlier accident.
These incidents may be less of an unintentional threat if a virtual safety car (VSC) trial at the US Grand Pric pans out whereby instead of using a lead car to slow things down during yellow flags, the system relies on dashboard displays to tell racers to stay under a given speed limit whereby they would face penalties if they go over the limit. The technology is only being used in practice sessions so far, but the FIA is working with teams to determine when VSC would be viable to proper actual races.
Thus far, VSC has been a mixed success as some drivers are complaining that it is too difficult as they are spending a lot of their time staring at the dashboard rather than the road ahead, and they have to manage the speed very carefully if they want to keep up when race organisers give the all clear. That being said, the hassles might be worth the trouble of avoiding collisions.