Technological advancements on the road to automation are already showing up today in modern vehicles, which are increasingly equipped with driver assistance systems (DAS).
Technological advancements on the road to automated driving are already showing up today in modern vehicles, which are increasingly equipped with driver assistance systems (DAS). Driver assistance systems represent an electronic system built into the vehicle. It supports the driver in his or her driving tasks by informing, warning and – if designed to do so – actively intervening to regulate driving events. The driver must specifically activate or deactivate the system. But driver assistance systems can also be overridden by the driver at any time. Due to improved detection of their surroundings and situational analysis, these systems are growing ever-more powerful; a high degree of automation is possible in assistance functions. Automated driving functions improve traffic safety and simplify the flow of traffic.
The German automobile industry has come to a unified understanding for the levels of automation in an expert panel. These definitions are oriented towards the results of the BASt working group “Legal consequences of increasing vehicle automation”.