How Technology is Driving the Democratization of ADAS
Today's ADAS (advanced driver-assistance systems) functions do more than reduce the risk of injuries during a crash. Many features, such as autonomous braking, collision avoidance, and the ability of a vehicle to determine whether a lane change is possible, are designed to help avoid accidents altogether.
ADAS features, only offered to drivers when purchasing a new vehicle as embedded solutions, first appeared as options on high-end luxury vehicles. Unfortunately, to date, it hasn’t been economically feasible for all cars to have all ADAS technologies. But carmakers and Tier-1 suppliers are striving to make driving-assistance features available in as many cars as possible. This means that more vehicles need to be capable of cost-effectively sensing, processing, and acting on real-time data (Fig. 1).
Making these systems affordable is important as it enables more market penetration and brings the system advantages to consumers more rapidly. The good news is that ADAS has become more widespread across multiple price points and car models.