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As the demand for safer driving conditions increase, automakers have risen to consumer demands. Advanced driver alert systems (ADAS) for short aids driver's safety in a multitude of different ways. There are many different sensing devices built into modern automobiles. These devices have become the eyes in the back of our heads, allowing drivers to see with their ears, or feel through their bodies, the changing traffic conditions surrounding them in real time. Modern ADAS systems have the ability to maintain speed and distance from other vehicles, as well as alert the driver to inadvertently leaving lanes, or warn of pedestrians near by.
You may be asking, what type of ADAS systems are available today and how do they work? Advanced Driver Alert Systems come in a variety of styles and functions from one auto maker to another.
As mentioned before, ADAS has many different important functions from letting you know you're drifting in and out of lanes, or automatically dimming brights, and turning on the wipers when it rains, all are forms of ADAS. Let's learn more about common ADAS systems and how they keep drivers safe. Once you understand how powerful these safety systems are, and how many lives they stand to save, you will surely agree that it is absolutely mandatory to recalibrate these systems when a when a windshield replacement is performed.
Lane Departure Warning System
Accidents resulting from lane departures are often some of the most deadly, especially when when lane departure accidents occur at highway speed. Lane departure warning systems LDWS alert the driver with a sound or vibration that they are leaving their intended lane without a turn signal on. Some vehicles are equipped with ALDWS and Lane Keep Assist (LKA). In the event you are not able to respond, LKA will guide your vehicle back to the center of the lane. A 2016 report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety IIHS found that LDWS reduced head on collision and lane departure accidents by 11% and injuries resulting from accidents reduced 21%.
Automatic Emergency Breaking (AEB)
Another popular form of ADAS comes in the form of smart braking. Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) alerts a driver to take corrective measures. If the driver avoids such alerts, the AEB system will apply brakes to prevent an accident. A similar, less powerful feature version of AEB is Forward Collision Warning (FCW). This smaller sibling of AEB mines the distance between your vehicle, and the one forward of it, however it will not apply emergency braking measures on the driver's behalf
Adaptive Cruise Control
You're likely already familiar with cruise control, as it has been a standard option on new vehicles for many years. Adaptive cruise control is a modern and enhanced of version of cruise control, which maintains throttle engagement while your foot is off the pedal, making longer highway driving much more comfortable, until you have to slow down. ADCC maintains a safe distance between you and other cars, by slowing and increasing speed with other traffic for you. Meaning you can focus more on steering safely while in cruise mode. No longer is the driver distracted by reengaging the cruise setting once brakes are applied.
Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking
In my opinion, this is the most unique version of adas. The name says it all. Nothing optimizes vehicle safety more than a car that cannot impact pedestrians . Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking (PAEB) is similar to the aforementioned AEB systems, automatic emergency braking. PAEB detects people on or near the road, and applies braking if an imminent crash is taking place, and the driver has not taken any preventative actions.
How does all of his state of the art technology translate to a safer driving environment? A study conducted by the Insurance Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found substantial decreases in many categories. Single vehicle accidents, side sweeps, and head on collisions of all severities saw an 11% decrease, due to lane departure warning systems. More so, other types of common crashes saw huge decreases, in some cases 50% or better improvement was had, with the greatest improvement in rear automatic breaking at 78% less collisions.
This all sounds nice and glossy, but do these systems really work? Let’s take a quick look at the data. Firstly, lane departure warning systems have been shown to lower rates of single-vehicle, sideswipe, and head-on crashes of all severities by 11%, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Furthermore, research has shown that these systems lower rates of injury crashes of the same types by 21%. By the year 2020 if a vehicle manufacturer is trying to achieve a 5 star crash test rating for a vehicle, that vehicle will have to have an Advanced Driver Assist System in order to do so.
In short, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’.
However, it’s important to note that ADAS are here to assist you. They are NOT your replacement driver. For this reason, it’s important that you still pay attention to the road while driving at all times.