Pros and Cons of ADAS 

Since the early 1970s, American cars have featured ADAS, or advanced driver-assistance systems. ADAS are technological features that are designed to increase the safety of driving a vehicle, and their goal is to eliminate human error on the road. While ADAS have massively increased in popularity over the past couple of decades, their incredible promise must be weighed with the drawbacks. The pros and cons of ADAS are becoming a major topic as the automobile industry focuses towards the new era of driving. 

ADAS is the future of driving. There is a reason at least one ADAS feature is available on 92.7% of new vehicles available in the U.S. (as of May 2018). The technology has been proven to reduce the number of fatalities on the road by also reducing the chance for human error. The selection of ADAS available to the public is quite amazing; automated lighting, adaptive cruise control, and pedestrian crash avoidance mitigation (PCAM) are features that incorporate navigational warnings to alert drivers to potential dangers, such as vehicles in lane departures and blind spots. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has said about blind-spot monitoring that the vehicles equipped with it are involved in 14% fewer crashes.  By alerting drivers to an impending crash, ADAS can reduce property damage claims by 19% and bodily injury claims by 27%, according to LexisNexis Risk Solutions.  

Unfortunately for drivers, ADAS is a double-edged sword. Because of the aid provided through ADAS, many who turn it on become over-reliant on it and more easily distract themselves as a consequence. This phenomenon, combined with the already rising distracted driving levels caused by the pandemic, spell danger consequences for drivers. Additionally, technology isn’t perfect. There can be times when ADAS can make wrong judgments or malfunction. It may think, for instance, that a vehicle in the next lane on an on-ramp is coming toward it. Another factor to consider is that simply having ADAS means nothing if drivers do not turn it on or understand how it works. While the technology is available on the market, many drivers are overwhelmed with the options in that they don’t know how to choose which would serve them best. Even with the proper installation and implementation of such systems, drivers must be willing to be trained on how to utilize ADAS to the fullest advantage in order to maximize the risk-limiting factors of the system features. 

As technology and vehicle engineering advances, so do ADAS features. When this tech is properly used, it serves only as a benefit to our roads. But as we prepare for ADAS to take on a much bigger role in everyday driving, it’s important to educate yourself on the ADAS your car contains, and, as always, remember to stay attentive to the road to protect yourself and others. 

This article was written by Morgan Cook, Journalism Committee Intern








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