How can we improve the relationship between driver and ADAS?
It’s here that ADAS hits a stumbling block, though arguably less significant than in the world of autonomous driving. While the technology is readily accepted by many consumers, there is still a shared concern that ADAS are fallible and do not yet work perfectly.
In 2018, an in-depth study revealed that up to 77% many of us don’t believe in the reliability of advanced driver assistance systems. With many problems encountered with the ADAS they use on a day-to-day basis, confidence in automating any driving function is undoubtedly in question. It is natural to assume that this should consumers encounter repeated problems with a lower-level system like lane-keep assist or blind-spot detection, they’re less likely to trust a fully driverless vehicle.
On the other hand, all of this seems to suggest that one path to mass AV adoption is to ensure that experiences with ADAS are as flawless as possible. Tarik Bolat, at TechCrunch, for example, believes that addressing issues with ADAS technologies will result in better driving experiences and increased confidence in AV vehicles. He says, “To meet the expected timelines and start building that critical trust today, automakers need to accelerate the adoption of autonomous capabilities in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). By using higher performance ADAS like path to mass AV adoption, we can safely arrive at our destination. »
Based on the available research, we are inclined to agree. After all, trust in automated features and the gradual letting go of the control they represent should make drivers feel safer, as they have less and less control of the actual driving. The jump from effective ADAS to AV will then not be so great.
That said, while ADAS is clearly impacting the wide acceptance of AVs, there remains a huge technological leap between the two. Ultimately, there will come a time when consumers simply have to trust driverless technology, but it seems likely that ADAS will be the key to preparing them.
What do you think? Are advanced driver assistance systems the key to the mass acceptance of driverless technology?
Do you already use them? Will effective ADAS prepare us to give up more control over our vehicles?
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