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The Future is Already Here for Safety on the Roads

 

Despite some successful experiments, automated cars are still far from being a feature of our daily lives. The infrastructure involved in moving to such a world, and the number of technological issues that need to be resolved, mean that we are still some years away.

 

Despite some successful experiments, automated cars are still far from being a feature of our daily lives. The infrastructure involved in moving to such a world, and the number of technological issues that need to be resolved, mean that we are still some years away.

 

But often we forget how far we have already come. We have already taken amazing steps in technology through what is known as advanced driver-assistance systems or ADAS. Utilising iOT (internet of things) and AI (artificial intelligence) and tracking devices, ADAS are continually being enhanced to find new ways to protect drivers, passengers and their vehicles on the road. They help make the road a safer place.

 

We use ADAS in two ways. First, many luxury cars and new cars are using ADAS to minimise the chance of accident and of human error. They offer technologies that alert the driver to potential problems, or to avoid collisions by implementing safeguards and taking over control of the vehicle. For example, brakes may be automatically triggered if a vehicle in front slows down sharply. In some cars, the ignition will lock if the driver’s alcohol level is above a certain amount. 

 

Secondly, ADAS are also being used in dash cams, including ones produced by Navman, to bring additional safety features to drivers at a significantly less expensive price than luxury car technology. This can be either through audible or flashing alerts when you are on the cusp of a dangerous situation.  They can be a reminder to take extra care or take a break if you are fatigued.

 

ADAS are also reliant on the data they are seeing. In order to make them the most effective, you need to make sure you position the device in the right spot and calibrate it.  The device needs a clear view of the road ahead. You can find easy to follow instructions in your device’s packaging or on the Navman website.

 

There are a number of dash cam applications that use ADAS. Forward collision warning sounds an alert when you are too close to the car in front of you. Depending on your speed, your safe stopping distance changes and the device is smart enough to do the calculation for you to warn you if you are travelling at a distance that won’t give you enough stopping space if the speed of traffic ahead changes suddenly.

 

On long trips there is an increased risk that your mind may wander due to the unchanging scenery of the big open highway, or fatigue may set in. On some models, the dash cam provides an audible alert that will let you know when you are veering from your lane or when you need to merge lanes. These alerts are only available on GPS devices which have a Navman MiVUE dash cam built in.

 

As we continually advocate, technology is no substitute for remaining observant when you are driving and giving full attention to road conditions, other vehicles and pedestrians. However, accidents can happen in a moment, so these warnings are there to aid your decision making and to focus on the road and keeping you and your passengers safe. The technology is remarkable, and getting smarter all the time, and the combination of a focused driver and state-of-the-art technology ensures you will get to your destination in the best possible shape.

 

Navman models with this feature: Drive Duo 2.0, Drive Duo SUV

MiVUE models with this feature: MiVUE860DC TYRE  

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