November 03 2022
Related ServicesRoad Traffic Collisions (Crash Investigation)
Driver Assist Systems in vehicle technology have been around for some time now. These include anti-lock braking, electronic stability control, daylight running lights, automatic windscreen wipers, cruise control etc.
Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) are now increasingly being fitted to vehicles. These take into account the environment surrounding the vehicle, by collating and processing information received from LiDAR/radar devices and cameras. Information regarding hazards in the road ahead or deviation from standard driving practice can be analysed, fed back to the driver and a response initiated if certain thresholds are met.
For example, with collision and pedestrian mitigation systems, a driver may be warned to take action with visual or vibration alerts, and if no action is taken the vehicle may brake autonomously.
Other systems include:
The Society of Automotive Engineers have defined 6 levels of control.
Level 0 – No automation – ADAS has no control over the vehicle but can provide information/warnings for the driver to interpret themselves e.g. surround view, traffic sign recognitions.
Levels 1 & 2 – The driver maintains control and still does most of the decision making.
Levels 3 to 5 – The amount of control the vehicle has is increased.
The highest levels of control have yet to reach UK roads. UK drivers still have ultimate responsibility for the control of their vehicle and must not rely on the ADAS functions fitted to their vehicle to drive safely.
However, we are increasingly seeing more of these systems in our Collision Investigation casework at KBC, for example:
KBC’s team of four Forensic Collision Investigators and Vehicle Examiners keep abreast of new technology and published research in this field. For more information regarding Driver Assist Systems, as well as all of your Collision Investigation queries, please contact us.
Dr Hayley Ash
BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD, CEng, MITAI, LCGI, MIET