Twenty-First Century technological innovation has brought consumers everything from smartphones to smart fridges, and the automobile world has certainly not been left behind. Among the most intriguing technology found on new cars, advanced driver assistance systems top the list. Here are just a few of the popular new assistance systems that can make driving safer and more enjoyable.
Parallel Parking Assist
If you hate parallel parking, you are not alone. It has long been the bane of existence for many drivers. However, with the availability of automatic parking, you can say goodbye to the days of driving around the block looking for the easiest spot. With parallel parking assistance, all you need to do is find a spot and operate the gas pedal, gearshift, and brake. The car will steer itself into the spot and guide you along with on-screen instructions. Parking assistance alleviates the worry of bumping or denting the cars near you. It also facilitates more efficient parking arrangements in crowded cities, since drivers are not limited from choosing parking spaces based upon their parallel parking ability. Self-parking cars are the way of the future, and that is a great thing for everyone.
It is especially difficult to watch for roadway obstacles after sunset. Sometimes even bright headlights are not enough to avoid straining your eyes to see into the darkness ahead. Modern night vision systems, work to eliminate this challenge by providing better object-detection after dark. There are two types of night vision available, active and passive. Active systems project infrared light that illuminates the road and produces a high-contrast infrared image that drivers can monitor on their in-cabin screen. Active systems have a range of 550-600 feet.
On the other hand, passive systems employ an infrared sensor that seeks out heat energy from humans, animals, and even other cars. The sensor then outputs an image to the driver’s display screen. Passive systems have lower-quality images and may struggle more to detect inanimate objects, but they have a greater range of up to 1,000 feet. Whether you live in the city and are on the lookout for pedestrians or you live in the country and need to watch for deer, night vision is a must-have feature on your next vehicle.
The backup camera, also known as a rearview video system, is becoming a standard device on most new cars. The backup camera aids drivers with a variety of tasks including old-fashioned parallel parking, backing into or out of parking spaces and avoiding small objects that cannot be seen through the rearview window. While a backup camera should not be a substitute for checking your mirrors or turning your head, it can catch things that would not otherwise be visible. Most importantly, it allows you to watch for any small children or animals that may be behind the vehicle. Thus, not only is the backup camera convenient, but it is also a potentially life-saving device.
Today’s vehicles are equipped with a variety of cameras and sensors that allow them to act as a second set of eyes whenever you are on the road. This means that drivers can get behind the wheel with more confidence and security than ever before.