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Driver-Assist Technologies Explained: What Exactly Are These Systems?

You’ve probably heard the phrase “driver-assist technologies” if you have recently been shopping for a new car. It’s a phrase that could, frankly, mean anything. After all, aren’t most automotive technologies designed to assist the driver? That’s why we’ve put together a post titled driver-assist technologies explained.

One of the most popular systems is Adaptive Cruise Control. This uses sensors, including radar, to detect the distance of cars ahead of you. You set a limit to the distance of cars in front of you, and your computer automatically adapts to the speed of cars on the highway. This lets you follow behind without constantly turning cruise control on and off. This system is so efficient it can even stop a car travelling at highway speeds should the car in front slam on the brakes.

Driver-Assist Technologies

According to Bankrate, Collision Avoidance/Mitigation is also popular. This system uses the same technologies as Adaptive Cruise; however, it is designed for emergencies. Emergency braking systems—which will now be implemented industry-wide in the US by 2022—can stop your car in event of an imminent crash.

Night vision is a modern and high-tech system that is only offered on select vehicles, but it is making its way to future cars and prototypes across the industry. Using infrared, radar, and cameras, this system scans for pedestrians and other obstacles (including animals) that might appear. It then alerts you to any potential threats.

Finally, self-parking systems are great for urban dwellers. These use cameras, radar, and even sonar to help you with parallel parking. Ford offers this feature on select models as an upper-level trim option, helping you to perfectly squeeze into tight spots.

These are just a handful of the most popular driver-assist technologies to hit the market. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for the industry.




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