What you need to know about advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS)
Distracted and careless driving are the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents. As a result, car manufacturers have developed advanced features to help drivers safely get from point A to point B. At Auto Value, our mechanics regularly inspect and repair driver-assistance systems.
Advanced driver-assistance systems 101
Advanced driver-assistance systems are electronic aids designed to improve driver performance. Cruise control and anti-lock brakes are two examples of driver-assistance systems that have been around for many years.
Today, ADAS have been developed to help detect when drivers have fallen asleep at the wheel or are engaging in distracted driving behaviour. Here’s an overview of some of the latest driver-assistance systems on the market:
- Lane-keeping assist (LKA) systems prevent drivers from veering off the road or getting into a head-on collision by automatically steering or braking to keep the vehicle in its travel lane.
- Lane departure warning (LDW) systems use visual or audible alerts to warn drivers when their vehicle starts to drift or cross lane markings when the turn signal isn’t activated.
- Pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems help drivers avoid collisions. When the vehicle detects a collision hazard, it automatically applies the brakes to prevent or reduce the severity of the accident.
- Adaptive cruise control (ACC) systems are designed to help drivers maintain a safe following distance and stay within the speed limit by automatically controlling the vehicle’s acceleration and braking.
- Blind spot warning (BSW) systems use strategically placed cameras, radar or ultrasonic sensors to alert drivers when there’s another vehicle in one of their blind spots. When the turn signal is activated, the system may also warn the driver if it’s unsafe to merge or change lanes.
Overall, ADAS are designed to give drivers a smoother and safer driving experience.
The risks of overconfidence
Studies show that many drivers rely too heavily on their vehicles’ advanced driver-assistance systems, which can lead to inattention. No matter what type of vehicle you drive, it’s important that you keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.
Not just any mechanic can service driver-assistance systems. In addition, since they’re expensive to replace, it’s a good idea to have them inspected and maintained by a professional.
Make an appointment at your nearest Certified Auto Value Service Center to ensure your vehicle is in tiptop shape.
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