Our cars are full of cameras, sensors and radars. We can’t see them, but these car safety features are always active while we are driving. Although these driver assists do not prevent us from having to pay close attention to the road, they add considerable safety and comfort on our daily commutes. The use of these safety measures, among others, will save 7,300 lives and prevent 38,900 serious injuries over the period 2020-2030, according to the European Commission. Just as in Europe, making motoring safer in New Zealand is one of SEATs top priorities, as explained by Marc Seguer, a safety expert from SEAT.
These systems make for increasingly safe and comfortable driving and are the first step towards autonomous cars.
To prevent rear-end collisions, the Front Assist system controls the distance of our car in relation to other vehicles or pedestrians in front of us. “When the driver doesn’t react to an imminent risk of collision with the car in front or a pedestrian, the system first emits a warning and then automatically brakes the car if necessary.”
Braking, accelerating and braking again. Nothing is more tiresome than driving in heavy traffic typical of large cities like Auckland. Our Adaptive Cruise Control performs these functions so the driver can relax. The automatic DSG gearbox switches gears, the car regulates speed and maintains the correct safety distance in every situation.
There is no more fear of making a lane change thanks to a visual warning located on the door mirror that alerts the driver of a vehicle approaching outside their field of vision. The Blind Spot Detection works with two radars that monitor traffic at the rear and ensure safer driving.
They’re able to anticipate drivers’ reactions, make decisions such as brake and accelerate, or even park the car themselves.
The Adaptive Cruise Control enables you to set a constant driving speed and takes care of accelerating and slowing down depending on traffic conditions, and will automatically brake the car if necessary, with no driver intervention. “It’s especially useful to activate it on long trips, with heavy or fluid traffic. When making a long distance trip, drivers come to appreciate not having to keep their foot on the accelerator”, recommends the expert.
With the help of cameras that provide a 360° view around the car, the Park Assist does the steering for us. It is able to calculate distances to avoid any collision, and even take control of the steering wheel.
The development of these kinds of assists aims to contribute to lowering the number of road accidents. “It’s getting more and more safe and comfortable to drive thanks to the advanced technology our cars are equipped with. These days, driver assist systems are our best driving companions, and the prelude to autonomous driving”, concludes Marc Seguer.