Detroit Bureau on Twitter

Posts Tagged ‘lane departure warning’

Drivers Want More High-Tech Safety Features in Vehicles

Despite limitations, buyers desire new driver-assistance technologies.

by on Dec.11, 2014

Collision avoidance systems improve safety for individual vehicles and buyers are looking to add that level of safety.

Driver assistance technology, which is found on more and more new vehicles, can help prevent accidents, but drivers should be aware that the new safety features have limitations, according to a new study by AAA.

The testing revealed that blind-spot monitoring systems had difficulty detecting fast-moving vehicles – such as when merging onto a busy highway. Alerts were often provided too late for evasive action, AAA said.

Your Auto Safety News Source!

Motorcycles, which are becoming a more popular form of transportation in some parts of the country such as Southern California, were detected by blind-spot monitoring systems 26% later than passenger vehicles, making them significantly less effective in spotting two-wheeled vehicles in heavy traffic. (more…)

Crash Avoidance Technologies Reducing Accidents, Saving Lives

New study shows “clear success” of collision warning, auto braking, adaptive lighting systems.

by on Jul.03, 2012

New collision avoidance systems appear to be having a significant payoff in terms of reduced insurance claims, says a new study.

While it’s likely to be a number of years before fully autonomous vehicles start rolling onto the nation’s highways the latest crash avoidance technologies – including autonomous braking systems – are having a major impact, according to a new study that finds they result in significantly fewer crashes, injuries and fatalities.

The new report by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) reveals that forward collision avoidance systems – especially those that can begin to brake even before the driver is aware of a problem – and adaptive lighting systems are delivering the biggest benefits.

But not all the new crash-avoidance technologies are proving equally effective.  There’s no clear evidence that blind spot detection and park assist systems have a measurable effect.  And Lane Departure Warning technology “appears to hurt, rather than help,” the new report cautions.

Your Auto News Source!

As more automakers offer advanced technologies on their vehicles, insurance data provide an early glimpse of how these features perform in the real world,” says Matt Moore, vice president of HLDI, an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). “So far, forward collision technology is reducing claims, particularly for damage to other vehicles, and adaptive headlights are having an even bigger impact than we had anticipated.”


GM Develops New Collision Warning System

Relies on low-cost, single-camera design.

by on Sep.30, 2011

The new GM crash-avoidance system relies on a single camera to help reduce the cost for mainstream buyers.

General Motors is planning to equip the 2012 GMC Terrain with the industry’s first, “affordable” crash avoidance system. The system is based on a single camera placed in front of the rear-view mirror to help drivers avoid front-end and un-signaled lane departure crashes.

It’s by no means the first collision avoidance system on the road, but the new technology significantly lowers the price compared to existing designs that may use multiple cameras, radar sensors or both, putting the system within the price range of mainstream, rather than luxury, buyers.

Stay in the Know!

“Digital image sensors are used in just about everything from cameras to mobile phones to computers and this is making them a more-affordable alternative for use in vehicles,” said Raymond Kiefer, General Motors Technical Fellow for crash avoidance systems.  “By combining a digital camera with state-of-the-art image processing algorithms, we’re able to estimate when a crash may be imminent,” he said.

This dual-benefit crash avoidance system will cost $295, which is significantly less expensive than the systems now available in luxury cars, GM’s experts said. The maker developed the system with extensive help from suppliers, including Magna, TRW and Mobileye.


High-tech Rapidly Migrating from Luxury to Mainstream

Lane departure warning soon to generate $14 bil in sales.

by on Feb.23, 2011

Lane departure warning systems, once limited to luxury cars, will soon be a mainstream, $14 bil business, a new study suggests.

Maybe you’re looking for another radio station, or yelling at the kids in the back of your minivan, but suddenly, a loud beep-beep grabs your attention.  You’ve inadvertently begun to drift across the double yellow line – and your lane departure warning system has sounded a warning.

The technology, which uses an intelligent vision system, has become increasingly common on high-line products from makers like Infiniti, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.  Some luxury makers, such as Lexus, even allow the system to automatically a car back into its lane.

Your Automotive Source!

Now, lane departure warning systems are following the path of other high-tech safety hardware, migrating downward into more mainstream offerings, notes a new study by ABI Research, which predicts that by 2016, lane departure warning technology could be a $14.3 billion line of business.

For 2011, the technology will migrate from models like the big Mercedes S-Class into the maker’s less-expensive C-Class.  But Ford will begin offering a lane departure warning system in the decidedly mainstream 2011 Focus.

That fits the maker’s policy, which global marketing chief Jim Farley calls “democratizing technology.”