The adoption of the Autonomous Driver-Assistance System (ADAS) is happening quickly. Several mass-segment manufacturers now offer ADAS in moderately priced vehicles. While many put up videos of them misusing the ADAS, the technology can be life-saving. Here are five instances where ADAS saved the lives of people.
Volvo truck autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
A video went viral all around the world, showing a kid running across the road from behind a school bus. In this video, you see a bunch of students getting off a bus. Two of them quickly ran across the road without noticing a big truck coming.
But Volvo’s emergency braking system kicks in and stops the huge truck just inches from the child. There are no wild movements or drama, just a quick stop in the shortest distance. This incident shows how well emergency braking technology works and how it could save a young life.
Mahindra XUV700 AEB
Here a Mahindra XUV700 was spotted applying emergency brakes. The dashboard camera footage shows the Mahindra XUV700 cruising along the double-lane road. Suddenly, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno in front applies the brakes. Somehow, the Mahindra XUV700 driver seemed to be distracted and did not apply the brakes in time. The ADAS takes over and applies the brakes to save the day.
Hyundai Verna AEB
Here is another example of AEB working in the new Hyundai Verna sedan. The Verna’s dashboard camera shows it doing a speed of around 40 km/h. The Grand i10 NIOS in front applies the sudden brake to avoid a collision. The Verna detects the same and applies the AEB. The rear dashboard camera of the Verna shows how the sudden brakes caused the autorickshaw to almost collide with the Verna’s rear. The autorickshaw driver changed the direction to avoid hitting the rear of the Hyundai Verna.
MG Astor AEB
This is an example of MG Astor doing the job but getting rear-ended by a Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. The video shows the Astor cruising at a constant speed and then missing the slowing down of the vehicle in front. The ADAS captures the miss and applies the brakes at the last moment. While the Astor gets saved from the collision at the front, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga that was behind the Astor, could not stop in time and collided with the Astor. This is one of the biggest drawbacks of ADAS. The sudden braking in the last minute could off-set the drivers behind the vehicle and they could ram into the vehicle.
Tesla Model 3 AEB
This video is from the USA. It looks like the lights at the junction are not working. While a few vehicles wait for a clear cost, the driver in the Tesla starts after checking for incoming traffic. The Tesla Model 3, then in the last moment senses an oncoming vehicle from the right-hand side and applies the brakes automatically to ensure that there is no T-bone collision.
The misuse of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) in cars has become a concerning trend. Some car owners leave their vehicles to operate on their own, engaging in unsafe activities such as making videos and playing games. ADAS relies on data from sensors like radar and cameras to assist in driving. Unfortunately, people have been seen using ADAS features for activities like playing games, eating, and even sleeping, posing a significant danger to themselves and others on the road. Carmakers offer Level-1 and Level-2 ADAS functions in India to enhance driving safety, but their misuse undermines the purpose and puts everyone at risk.
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