Driver Assistance Systems

Advanced driver assistance systems are electronic aids designed to offer the driver help in certain situations. They are mainly intended to increase safety and comfort. Advanced driver assistance systems use radar, video or ultrasonic sensors to monitor the surrounding area in relation to vehicle data such as speed or acceleration. In critical situations such systems warn the driver with a visual, acoustic or haptic signal, provide specific assistance or intervene automatically if necessary to avoid an accident or to minimise the consequences. The following concepts come under the heading of advanced driver assistance systems:

  • Anti-lock braking system ABS
  • Brake assist
  • Vehicle dynamics control to prevent swerving and skidding (e.g. ESP)
  • Automatic speed control, cruise control
  • Adaptive distance and speed control
  • Automatic emergency braking system
  • Lane keeping assist to warn drivers of critical lane changes
  • Vision enhancement systems (e.g. headlights which swivel when cornering or rain sensors for automatic windscreen wiper actuation)
  • Driver fatigue detection systems which provide a visual and/or acoustic signal to warn of fatigue and the risk of microsleep
Automatic distance control

Automatic distance control

Driving in heavy traffic and maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front is a tiring process requiring a good deal of concentration. Automatic distance control is an advanced driver assistance...

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Parking assist system

Parking assist system

Active parking systems are also known as parking assist systems. They represent a more sophisticated form of parking aid system and perform the necessary parking manoeuvres either autonomously or semi-autonomously.

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Parking aid

Parking aid

Parking aids are advanced driver assistance systems designed to make parking easier. Such systems monitor an area of between roughly 20 and 250 cm in front of and behind the vehicle and warn the driver about any obstacles.

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Wheel sensors

Wheel sensors

Today, the anti-lock brake system (ABS) is a standard feature of all new vehicles in Europe. ESP® is not far behind. To function reliably, electronic driving safety systems need information about the speed...

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Lane keeping assist

Lane keeping assist

A lane keeping assist system helps motorists to avoid inadvertently moving out of a lane. A distinction is made between systems without steering assistance ("Lane departure warning") and systems with steering assistance ("Active lane keeping assist").

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Traffic sign recognition

Traffic sign recognition

Traffic sign recognition is an advanced driver assistance system which can recognise road signs and display the corresponding information in the vehicle. Traffic sign recognition is also known as traffic sign assist.

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