(WWLP) — New advanced technology is changing road safety by being your car’s eyes and ears. These advancements can be found in the car model you have recently purchased.

This new technology is called Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). It detects hazards, warns drivers and automatically takes corrective action. Some of the features are adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

Here’s how all ADAS systems currently work, according to AAA:

  • Forward Collision Warning: Detects a possible collision with the vehicle ahead and alerts the driver. Some systems also provide alerts for pedestrians or other objects.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control: Cruise control that also assists in acceleration and braking to maintain a driver-selected differential to the vehicle in front. Some systems can stop and continue, while others cannot.
  • Automatic Emergency Braking: Detects a potential collision with the vehicle ahead, warns of a forward collision, and automatically applies the brakes to avoid a collision or reduce the severity of the impact. Some systems also detect pedestrians or other objects.
  • Lane Departure Alert: Monitors the position of the vehicle within the driving lane and alerts the driver as soon as the vehicle approaches or crosses the lane markers.
  • Lane Keeping Assist: Provides steering assistance to assist the driver in keeping the vehicle in the lane. The system reacts only when the vehicle approaches or crosses a lane line or road edge.
  • Blind Spot Monitoring: Detects vehicles in the blind spot while driving and informs the driver about their presence. Some systems provide additional warnings if the driver activates the turn signal.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety states that these safety systems could save 250,000 lives over the next 30 years. However, as AAA Northeast’s public affairs specialist told 22News, this technology is not a substitute for being vigilant as a driver, but rather a safety net. “It acts as that layer of protection, so if you lose your attention from the road or don’t use your caution, or something happens inside your car, that technology is there to help you make the right decision.” ,” Schildrop explained. He encourages people to use the owners manual to make sure the system is operational.
Additionally, he says that there is still development work to be done on pedestrian detection.

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