Driver assist systems

The seven assistants we can no longer live without

Martorell, 24 May 2018

  • They’re able to anticipate drivers’ reactions, make decisions such as brake and accelerate, or even park the car themselves
  • The driver receives visual alerts to make a lane change or limit their speed
  • These systems make for increasingly safe and comfortable driving and are the first step towards autonomous cars

4. Keeping an eye on road signs: The Traffic Sign Recognition Assist is paired with the vehicle’s front-mounted camera to detect signs that indicate speed limits, overtaking bans or even road work. “This driver assist makes for the best co-driver by warning us ahead of time. The information is displayed on the instrument panel and we can also configure an acoustic warning for excessive speed”, he adds.                              

5. No more blind spots: There is no more fear of making a lane change thanks to a visual warning located on the door mirror that alerts the driver of a vehicle approaching outside their field of vision. The Blind Spot Detection works with two radars that monitor traffic at the rear and ensure safer driving.

6. A more comfortable trip: The Adaptive Cruise Control enables you to set a constant driving speed and takes care of accelerating and slowing down depending on traffic conditions, and will automatically brake the car if necessary, with no driver intervention. “It’s especially useful to activate it on long trips, with heavy or fluid traffic. When making a long distance trip, drivers come to appreciate not having to keep their foot on the accelerator”, recommends the expert.

7. Parking without touching the steering wheel: With the help of cameras that provide a 360° view around the car, the Park Assist does the steering for us. It is able to calculate distances to avoid any collision, and even take control of the steering wheel.

The development of these kinds of assists aims to contribute to lowering the number of road accidents. “It’s getting more and more safe and comfortable to drive thanks to the advanced technology our cars are equipped with. These days, driver assist systems are our best driving companions, and the prelude to autonomous driving”, concludes Marc Seguer.

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