The Basics of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems)
Technology has continued to evolve and grow throughout our lifetimes and that has led to some pretty amazing advancements in just about everything around us. Our houses are smart. Our schools use individual laptops and tablets. And our vehicles are starting to drive themselves. This is where Advanced Driver Assistance Systems or ADAS comes in. These systems are being cultivated, developed and implemented directly on our vehicles, and it’s definitely an amazing thing, especially when we consider just where this type of technology is actually going.
What is ADAS?
First, lets take a look at what th
is system really is. The truth is, ADAS systems can take several different forms with some being used for automatic braking and others for pedestrian crash avoidance. There are even lane centering, blind spot monitoring, land departure warnings, traffic warnings and adaptive cruise control. These are being implemented on different types of vehicles and in different combinations, but they’re definitely creating an amazing experience for drivers. Not to mention they’re making it a whole lot safer for drivers (and pedestrians) to head out on the road.
These systems take a long time to develop, because the computer that runs them is required to constantly evaluate everything that is happening around the vehicle, take into consideration all forms of input and then make a decision about what’s happening, all in the span of milliseconds. Not reacting fast enough would mean that an error could occur or that a potential danger could be missed. This is what happens when humans are allowed to control what’s happening in a specific situation. There is always the potential for human error to cause an injury or a mistake to be made.
When machines are developed to handle these situations they actually take control of the vehicle with absolutely no notice if something is detected. Whether the person driving has even noticed the problem yet is entirely irrelevant and the vehicle will do what needs to be done in order to protect everyone involved. This may mean stopping the vehicle instantly when it detects an obstruction, swerving back into the lane when it detects a departure or automatically adjusting the headlights when it detects a vehicle coming toward it. But these are the more advanced systems.