Advanced Driver Assistance Systems + Telematics = Improved Driver Safety

Imagine being able to warn drivers of upcoming dangers on the road before they arise, all the while capturing this data to inform a broader driver monitoring and improvement program. What was once a futuristic idea is now reality thanks to the convergence of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and telematics.

ADAS were designed to supplement a driver’s ability to operate their vehicle safely on a day-to-day basis.  Typically an ADAS system will use cameras or sensors to monitor conformance of a vehicle’s operation with the rules of the road.  The system will connect to a vehicle’s computer systems to monitor the status of key parameters such as speed, braking, turn signal lights, and high beam light status.  In addition the systems will use cameras that will look for lane markings, curbs, pedestrians, speed limit signs, and other vehicles.

By cross-referencing the information coming from the vehicle and from the vision system, the goal of an ADAS system is to detect upcoming dangers to provide adequate warning, audible or visible, to take action with the appropriate vehicle operation maneuver.    Typical alarms include Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, and Pedestrian Collision Warning.

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