What Is ADAS?

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems are used in vehicles to support drivers. They use multiple data inputs from a variety of cameras, radar and other sensors to detect and warn drivers of unsafe situations. They may even take emergency measures to protect occupants. More advanced ADAS features automate some elements of the driving experience. Among today’s most popular ADAS technologies are:

  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Driver alerts
  • Blind spot detection
  • Lane departure warning
  • Park assist

While many ADAS features are designed to increase safety and improve driver reaction times, they can also enhance the overall driving experience. Increasingly, they can be added post-production, allowing consumers to personalize and upgrade vehicles after purchase.

Why Is ADAS Important?

ADAS technologies were designed to help prevent road accidents, most often caused by driver error or distraction. ADAS systems help avoid collisions by alerting drivers to hazards or even taking control of the vehicle. ADAS has already been proven to reduce the number of road fatalities.

Future ADAS systems will provide vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication that will result in additional safety and automation. Today, ADAS features are among the most frequently requested by new car buyers, and government mandates such as those requiring rear-view cameras are helping to drive adoption. The ADAS market is predicted to grow from $40 billion in 2018 to $190 billion in 2026.

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