Advantages of ADAS systems
The majority of accidents still involve the human factor. It is estimated that implementing advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) across the entire vehicle fleet could help prevent more than 50,000 accidents per year, 850 deaths and 4,500 hospitalized casualties, and save nearly 4.3 billion euros in public spending.
Indeed, the purpose of ADAS systems is to minimize the consequences of human error, including pedestrian and cyclist collision risk detection systems, capable of alerting the driver in real time or braking automatically, which could prevent 7,500 accidents on Spanish roads. Other key devices are those that detect the risk of frontal collision with other vehicles or obstacles, which could prevent more than 10,000 accidents of this type; systems that warn of involuntary lane changes, a circumstance that is responsible for almost half of all road fatalities; and systems that detect fatigue and drowsiness, and even those that prevent a driver from becoming distracted, factors that are involved in almost 30% of fatal accidents.
ADAS systems can significantly improve vehicle safety by incorporating key driving assistance functions such as: maintaining a safe distance and controlling speeding (which is a factor in 22% of fatal accidents) thanks to intelligent cruise control and the intelligent speed assistance (ISA).
The installation of event recording devices, also known as black boxes, can help to understand how crashes occur and help prevent these. Alcolock devices prevent drivers who have consumed alcohol from starting up their vehicles.
Although ADAS help us to drive more safely, we must not forget that the best system is always prudence and respect for the rules of the road, since ADAS systems also have limitations, some of which are related to the weather or the state of the roads, for example. We have mentioned all these limitations in the description of each system in the “SYSTEMS” section of this web site.