Automotive safety tech is pretty easy to wrap your head around, but advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are a bit harder to define. At the moment, the debate is are really necessary anti-lock brakes is virtually non-existent, but many technologies classified as ADAS are still seen as luxuries or even fun curiosities.
The problem is that advanced driver assistance systems are systems and functions that provide the driver with the necessary information, automate complex or repetitive tasks in order to provide an overall increase in car safety for everyone on the road. Because these systems are so diverse, it’s not always easy to see how some of them actually relate to security.
Some advanced driver assistance systems have been around for a long time and have been proven time and time again to improve the quality of driving or improve overall road safety. For example, GPS navigation is becoming more common in OEM infotainment systems since its inception in the 1990s. You won’t find many drivers yearning for the paper card days, but other advanced driver technologies seem a little more esoteric.
Many advanced driver assistance systems are at the forefront of new automotive technology, and some of them are still unresolved. Some of these systems will have plenty of power and you can expect to see at least a few of them in your next car. Others may fail and disappear or be replaced by better implementations of the same basic idea. Since ADAS is based on electronics and often includes embedded software elements, the development of these advanced systems is governed by international safety standards such as IEC-61508 and ISO-26262.
Advanced driver assistance systems are tweaked every year, but here are thirteen different options you might want to check out the next time you’re in the new car market.