The main idea behind these driver assistance and safety systems is to make sure you're comfortable and safe. Therefore, we are bringing you a breakdown of how most of them work.
Due to the latest technological advancements in the world today, many cars come with well tailored features that assist you in doing pretty much any task. For instance, there are features that warn you of oncoming vehicles when your door is open or when you're going out of your lane; installations that help you see blind spots around your vehicle; those that even let you know when you're close to a traffic light; and one that is compatible with phone apps.
The main idea behind these driver assistance and safety systems is to make sure you're comfortable and safe. Therefore, Naijauto are bringing you a breakdown of how most of safety systems in car work.
Driver assistance and safety system in a car is meant to ensure your utmost safety while driving
1. Parking assistant
Parking assistance systems actively help you park your vehicle without you doing so much. Many Nigerians find it difficult many a time calculating the space for parking. But with the help of sensors, remote control, artificial intelligence, cameras and other features, you won't have to even move much of muscle to get your car into its right space.
2. Cruise control systems that adapt to environment
Another driver assistance and safety system feature on most cars these days is the adaptive cruise control. In case you're wondering how it works, it simply changes the speed of your car when you're getting too close to a car or an object in front. With the help of sensors and other installations, you can stay in a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. Although, this system allows you set the distance you consider safe. In Nigeria where there are lots of heavy duty trucks, you can set 4 car lengths or 2, as you deem fit. Another great advantage of the cruise control is that it has a stop and go feature that works perfectly in traffic jams. It stops when all vehicles stop, and moves when they move. You have to keep fiddling with your gear, ignition and brakes every time.
3. Headlights that adapt to the environment
Adaptive headlights are made not to be pointing straight alone. When you turn your steering to the left or right, they follow that sane direction. This is a safety system as it ensures that your night driving goes smoothly without running over something or someone. People also call it active or dynamic bending headlamps. These headlamps also have an adaptive beam feature. This enables the lights go brighter or lower, see farther or nearer depending on the lighting conditions around your vehicle and how bright the lights of oncoming vehicles are.
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Simple illustrations of an adaptive headlight
4. Automatic braking system (ABS)
A lot of accidents happen as a result of the driver not knowing what to do at a given time when faced with an object or human in front. This is probably one of the primary reasons automakers added the automatic braking system to enable your vehicle make some decisions for you in emergency situations.
For example, if you're driving and the sensors read that there's an object in front, the vehicle applies the brake without your assistance. In some cars, the ABS also works when you're reversing. If kind of works hand in hand with the parking assistant to prevent impact between your vehicle and any object, or how severe the impact will be. Just to add, there's also the automatic steering system, that steers you away from hitting an object in front or behind you.
5. Lane warning features
People drive into the wrong lanes all the time - especially when they are distracted. This can also lead to an accident. Therefore, the lane warning systems help keep you on track. It's sensors detect the reflective road markings and now when you start going over it. It beeps and shows you some lights on the dashboard. Some cars also come with the "stay in lane assistance". This steers your vehicle back into your lane when you go over the marking.
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6. Blind spot checker
This almost goes without saying, that it helps show you areas around your car you would normally not see when driving forward or reversing. Lots of cars come with rear view and surround 3D cameras that show their car's environment on a display screen installed on the dashboard. The blind spot checker helps with parking, reversing and overtaking. Once an object, human or vehicle is detected to be a certain feet close to your vehicle, it shows and also blinks.
The rear view camera assists you in seeing the hidden areas around your car
Finally, there are quite a large number of driver assistance and safety systems installed in newly released vehicles these days. We will definitely share them with you in subsequent articles as they come. However, some of the car brand you can easily find these features include - the Subaru, Toyota, Honda, Acura, Volvo, Tesla, Nissan, Cadillac, Porsche, BMW and the Audi. But you won't expect to see it in old generation models. Look at the most recent generation of cars, so you can get the best value for your money.
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