What Is ADAS?
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are a collection of technologies that are designed to aid drivers and alert them to potential dangers on the road. A few examples of ADAS technology include traffic-jam assistance, adaptive cruise control, and even emergency braking. Studies show that Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), in particular, has the ability to reduce the chance of an accident by 38%.
The most common and practical examples of ADAS include intelligent headlights, lane departure warning, 360-degree cameras, and sensors that detect when another vehicle is in your blind spot. The reason that these systems are so effective and affordable is that they use cameras and light sensors— technologies which have greatly increased in quality and decreased in cost over the decades.
These technologies can also be integrated with existing vehicle dashcams, utilizing visual information from the cameras to inform drivers of nearby vehicles or notify them in case they drift outside their lane.
The Costs & Benefits of ADAS
In the short term, installing ADAS in your fleet vehicles will most likely increase maintenance costs. For example, in addition to replacing a broken windshield, recalibrating the ADAS can add $250-$400 to the total cost.
According to Solera, ADAS could be to blame for a 12% increase in average accident repair costs over the last 3 years. Before 2015, when ADAS became more commonplace in commercial fleets, average accident repair costs remained relatively stable.
Despite increasing the cost of an accident, it’s safe to say that ADAS saves fleets money in the long run by reducing the total amount of accidents. Due to a lack of historical data on the subject, however, it may take more time before a true conclusion can be made.
Regardless, the long-term savings of fleet safety technology still greatly outweigh the cost of any installations or repairs. As well as reducing the chances of an accident, ADAS helps eliminate operational inefficiencies caused by crashes, such as injured workers, damaged vehicles, and delayed shipments.
Another benefit of using ADAS in your fleet is reduced insurance costs. The less often your fleet vehicles get involved in collisions, the lower your premium will be. In fact, insurance companies believe so much in the effectiveness of ADAS that many cover the cost of recalibrating the systems altogether.
Therefore, there are few excuses to not having ADAS installed in your fleet vehicles, especially when considering the cost-benefit ratio.
Are We Still on the Road Toward Self-Driving Cars?
Although current technology is not advanced enough to fully replace drivers, many see ADAS as a halfway point between automated vehicles and traditional drivers.
Top leaders in the transportation industry, such as Volvo, Tesla, and Uber, are all active proponents of self-driving vehicles and hope to see fully automated fleets in the near future. The only thing hindering their plans is the current state of technology.
As ADAS technology advances, we might see drivers taking a more passive role in the cab, acting as a safeguard in case automated systems fail. Eventually, these systems will have been tested enough to stand alone in a self-driving vehicle.
For the moment, we’re seeing a hybrid system develop with drivers being assisted by the technologies that might eventually replace them. Until then, these systems are still too primitive to make the same judgments as human drivers, meaning that fleet drivers won’t have to worry about becoming “obsolete” any time soon.
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