Major car brands around the world are implementing intelligent features to make every journey as safe as can be. Some of these intelligent designs are built into the car, some are available as upgrades, or you can opt for aftermarket add-ons. ADAS, advanced driver-assistance systems, offer surprising benefits. However, do they also distract?
Take Mercedes Benz for example. With Intelligent Drive, their vehicles can detect upcoming obstacles in your path. By calculating your speed, distance to an object, and the speed of an object, their cars can automatically brake to avoid a collision, even if you’re distracted. Furthermore, smart cameras can use infrared to detect objects, including pedestrians and animals, even at night.
These smart features makes the vehicle almost human-like. Reacting efficiently and with vast data points, your future car could supplement all of your driving. Some ADAS to highlight are:
Adaptive cruise control
Your vehicle can remain at a steady and safe speed and adjust to surroundings.
Hill descent control
Without applying your brake, the vehicle adjusts each individual wheel for precise speed control.
Blind spot monitor
If and when an object or vehicle enters your blind spot, you get an instant alert so you can make manoeuvres with care.
Lane departure warning system
Built-in sensors can detect when your car begins to stray out of its lane and instantly alert you.
Like something out of a sci-fi film, your vehicle completely takes over and executes textbook parking – even parallel.
But, as we’re spoiled with such technology, will drivers be distracted? Is too much driver and vehicle interaction actually detrimental to our abilities? By the very definition, anything that takes a driver’s attention away from driving is a distraction.
As far as distraction, the inventors and engineers are working on that. Incredibly, the technology isn’t just for the detection of these features but also in the delivery. You could receive an alert on your dashboard, vibrations in your seat, or any other natural yet informative alerts. This way, you can receive information without taking your attention off the road and surroundings.
What do you think? Will too many alerts be the downfall of driving safety?