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The Top 8 Ways ADAS Improves Vehicle Safety

With an estimated 3,700 people killed in car accidents every day, it’s little wonder that vehicle safety features are such a hot-button topic for car manufacturers and consumers alike.

Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) are quickly becoming the gold standard in new vehicles, and the features that come with them can drastically improve driver and vehicle safety.

Let’s look at the top eight ways ADAS improve vehicle safety.

1) Blind Spot Detection

Blind spot detection uses sensors to detect vehicles in areas of the road just outside of the driver’s field of vision that can’t be easily viewed in the rear-view mirrors or windows. In these instances, ADAS would warn you through lights and sounds when another vehicle is present but not necessarily visible.

The system also warns you when there are pedestrians or cyclists near your car so that you can avoid an accident.

2) Lane Departure Warning

A lane departure warning system (LDWS) is an active safety technology designed to warn a driver if they inadvertently veer out of their lane on the road. The system uses cameras or other sensors to track a vehicle’s position; if it senses that the car is crossing a line, an alert is triggered.

LDWS systems are considered an “active” safety feature, which means they take immediate action in some way when required, versus passive systems such as airbags, which only deploy when triggered by a crash.

Because LDWS is classified as an active safety feature, it can provide drivers with potentially life-saving alerts when traveling at high speeds on busy roads.

3) Advanced Cruise Control

Vehicles equipped with an advanced cruise control system will ensure your drivers maintain a safe distance from other cars on the road.

The best ADAS systems aren’t just meant for highway driving. They should also be employed when navigating through stop-and-go traffic to heighten awareness of upcoming stop signs and traffic lights, as well as cars around you when pulling out into an intersection or turning at an intersection.

4) Pedestrian Protection Systems

Injuries sustained by pedestrians account for almost half of all traffic-related deaths worldwide. For this reason, many manufacturers are outfitting their vehicles with pedestrian protection systems to reduce the risk of injury if a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, or help avoid accidents altogether.

The system works as soon as a sensor detects an imminent collision and initiates an automatic braking command to minimize or prevent any impact between car and pedestrian.

The system also works in reverse. In the event of a potential rear impact, it will trigger another sequence of events – warning lights and sounds alerting the driver to upcoming impact – potentially avoiding rear-end collisions altogether.

5) Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)

AEB prevents or mitigates front-to-rear impact by stopping a vehicle if an imminent collision is detected. AEB systems can be activated via Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

It’s also common for AEB to work with adaptive cruise control, which automatically slows a vehicle down when another car is detected. Some advanced versions of AEB can steer vehicles out of danger autonomously.

6) Parking Assistance Systems

Parking assistance systems are among the most basic forms of ADAS. They include automatic sensors that help guide a vehicle into a parking spot, and cameras that automatically detect other vehicles or obstacles while parking.

These features can help prevent driver error when parking- one of the most common causes for collisions. These systems sometimes come with sensor warnings when approaching objects in front or on both sides of your vehicle.

7) Driver Drowsiness Monitoring System (DDMS)

Many vehicles already have or are developing systems that monitor drivers’ eyes to help detect drowsiness.

The system uses infrared lights positioned on, near, or in front of a car’s rearview mirror(s) and camera(s) to analyze blinking, eye position, and driver response to determine whether they are tired.

If it looks like a driver needs some rest, the vehicle produces visual and/or audio triggers until the driver regained alertness.

Many manufacturers now offer hands-free features for their infotainment systems, enabling drivers to always keep both hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.

8) Traffic Sign Recognition System

If you’re driving in an unfamiliar city, traffic sign recognition systems can be a lifesaver. These systems automatically detect speed limit signs and display that information in your instrument cluster.

Illustration and photo of a autonomous self-driving cars driving on a highway. The cars are connected through wireless technology and artificial intelligence which enables them to drive on the road safely.

Other Benefits of ADAS

As impressive as these benefits are, it’s important to remember that there are many other ways that ADAS technologies improve vehicle safety. Here’s a quick rundown of some additional features and benefits of these systems:

  • Traction control-equipped vehicles are more efficient on slippery roads. While you may think that traction control is only helpful in poor weather conditions, like snow and ice, it’s a valuable feature even on ordinary days in slick terrain.Traction control delegates optimal power to each wheel to keep your vehicle as stable as possible while driving at high speeds in slippery conditions. Additionally, traction-control technology can help drivers avoid swerving, which prevents accidents and maintains safety while driving on typical roadways.
  • Tire pressure monitoring systems are essential to improve safety on both new and old vehicles. Drivers with older vehicles without these systems often have incorrect tire pressure, leading to poor vehicle handling and poor fuel efficiency.With these devices installed in your car, you can make sure that your tires are properly inflated at all times.
  • Mapping solutions help drivers get to their destinations efficiently and safely. Mapping systems always provide your location, allowing you to make informed decisions about your route and keeping you on track towards your destination.Some advanced navigation devices will even re-route you if there’s an accident along your route, ensuring that safety is always a priority on the road.

The Bottom Line

As technology continues to advance, so will vehicle safety. From automatic emergency brakes to collision-avoidance systems and more, there are plenty of features available on vehicles today that would have seemed like science fiction just a few years ago.

While we have come a long way in terms of road safety over time, there is still room for improvement when considering driver and passenger protection. Contact your GoFleet consultant for a full list of our ADAS features, and let us help you make your fleet safer for your drivers and your business.

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What is ADAS?

If you’ve driven a car manufactured in the last five years, you’ve likely used advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) without even knowing it.

We’ve all had moments on the road where we’ve felt unsafe; either we’ve forgotten to check our blind spot, the car in front of us brakes suddenly, or a pedestrian appears seemingly out of nowhere. ADAS can help you and your drivers avoid dangerous driving scenarios and much more.

At GoFleet, safety is our priority, and we’re confident that we have the best fleet management solutions for your business needs. If you’re looking to explore ADAS for your fleet, read on.

What is ADAS?

Advanced driver-assistance systems are vehicle-embedded technology programs that use sensors to warn drivers of potential hazards on the road or within the vehicle. Sensors include radar and cameras that create a virtual map of the vehicle’s environment, and either provides data directly to the driver or takes action automatically.

Types of information detected by these systems include:

  • Pedestrian detection and avoidance
  • Lane departure warning and correction
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Blind spot detection.

While on the surface ADAS might appear by some to be automation that relieves the driver from taking responsibility for his own driving behaviour, we understand that most vehicle accidents are the result of human error; ADAS actually mitigates the risks associated with driving.

Not only do these programs detect and alert drivers to crucial safety information, recent programs actually assist the driver in making safety decisions – what the industry has coined an “active safety system.” This means that sensors communicate with the braking and steering systems to create a collaborative driving experience that is safer and more responsive than ever before.

How Does ADAS Work?

As mentioned above, ADAS programs employ several advanced technologies to make driving safer, including automated sensors like cameras and radar that are linked to the vehicle to deliver warnings to the driver and take control if circumstances require.

For example, the technology embedded in self-driving vehicles makes it possible for the “brain” of the system to “gain 360-degree vision, both near (in the vehicle’s immediate vicinity) and far,” according to Synopsys.

ADAS features like parking assistants and surround view are supported by cameras on each side of the vehicle. Parking assist cameras collaborate with radar systems to provide blind spot detection warnings, rear collision warnings, cross-traffic alerts, adaptive cruise control, and emergency braking.

For detection immediately surrounding the vehicle’s bumpers, assistive driving systems use ultrasound technology. In short, ADAS applications use “embedded vision” to reduce the occurrence of accidents and occupant injuries, keeping everyone on the road safer and aware

ADAS Applications

Some of the more common applications of ADAS extend beyond safety to making the driving experience more relaxing and automated. The features you select for your vehicle will depend on your budget and what is most important to you as a driver.

If you’re a fleet manager, asset tracking, driver safety and fleet management would likely be top of mind. Fleets equipped with ADAS can monitor blind spots, detect driver drowsiness or distraction. Ultrasound technology can keep tabs on what’s going on directly outside the vehicle while sensors keep an eye on your driver’s head movements to make sure his eyes are on the road.

The newest ADAS features allow vehicles to communicate with other vehicles or pedestrians. This is called V2X and it uses reliable 5G networks to help solve issues caused by delays in human functioning, generally referred to in the industry as “latency”.

One of the most familiar and recognizable features of advanced driver-assistance systems is navigation programs. These applications give drivers on-screen instructions and vocal reminders to help them follow routes while focusing on the road ahead.

According to the AAA, ADAS features can prevent up to 63,000 truck collisions annually. In addition, ADAS works with video telematics to monitor your drivers’ behaviour when on the road.

The integration captures data and video signals based on your ADAS and automotive sensors. As a result, you can easily identify new or risky driving behaviours. You can use the data to coach your drivers and help them improve.

ADAS can also prevent collisions, or at the very least reduce their severity. You can use the integrated data to improve your CSA scores, enhance compliance and exonerate drivers from expensive insurance claims.

For fleets that drive long distances, adaptive cruise control (ACC) is an extremely helpful feature. ACC can automatically accelerate, slow down, and even stop the vehicle. Many vehicles also include adaptive light control, another ADAS feature, to best match the vehicle’s headlights with the lighting conditions surrounding it.

These systems use light detection and ranging (LiDAR) technology, combining the power of cameras and sensors to create “computer vision that transform outputs into 3D, with the capability to discern between static and moving objects for added layers of blind-spot or bad-lighting situations,” as described by Car and Driver.

Why is ADAS Necessary?

With the ever-increasing number of distractions on the road, on our devices and in the world at large, it’s becoming more important than ever to have advanced driver-assistance programs that aid us in keeping ourselves and others safe.

These programs are designed not only for safety, but have adaptive and automated features to improve the driving experience as well as the quality of driving across the world.

What’s Next for ADAS?

ADAS is an important step towards safer roads and safer drivers. New features are brought to market almost daily, aimed at keeping our roads safer than ever before. For fleet managers, ADAS has the power to transform the driving experience, coach drivers and eliminate dangerous driving habits.

Contact our professionals at GoFleet to see if implementing ADAS into your fleet is the right fit for you!