Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)

Posted on 09 March 2011 by Tony Santos

2010 Ford Taurus - Collision Warning with Brake Support

Car manufacturers are on their continuous goal to provide consumers with the best and advanced vehicles, not only in terms of the designs and performance but more importantly on its driver safety features, through Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are integrated systems designed to help driver on his driving process. When designed with a safe Human-Machine Interface it should increase car safety  and more generally road safety.

Some examples of ADAS are Adaptive cruise control (ACC), Blind spot monitoring, Lane departureParking assist, Pre-crash preparation and many more, as technology gets more advanced the ADAS gets better and better.

Adaptive cruise control (ACC) – Through the use of radars, adaptive cruise control aids driver safety by automatically accelerating, decelerating or maintaining your car’s current speed relative to vehicles around you. This ensures you keep a safe distance from other vehicles at all times and helps minimize the risk of an accident.

Blind spot monitoring – Your car can alert you when vehicles are in or approaching your blind spots. A light on your side mirrors, a sound, or both can indicate the alert.

Lane departure – This driver assistance feature will help keep you within the lines of your current lane. You’ll be alerted if you change lanes while going faster than a certain speed and without using your turn signal, to protect against accidental drifting. This technology uses an on-board camera to detect lane markers and calculate your vehicle’s position within the lane.

Parking assist – The parking assist feature helps you steer your car into a parking space by using sonar sensors on the front and back of your vehicle and a built-in camera. This advanced driver assistance system ensures you park a safe distance away from other vehicles. Simply choose what type of parking you need – reverse or parallel – and the on-screen guide will assist you.

Pre-crash preparation – Another feature to assist in driver safety is pre-crash preparation. When the car’s radar or sensors detect that a crash is imminent, the driver assistance system warns you through audio and visual alerts. Your car may also be equipped to close any windows, tighten your seatbelt, pre-charge brakes, and automatically apply the brakes to lessen the impact of a collision.

ADAS is one of those things you might want to consider when buying your new car. Driving is much enjoy when you’re safe.


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