Is ADAS Good or Bad?

Edwin Mobile Technician Charleston, South Carolina Posted   Latest   Edited  

As I was driving to my next job today I was in traffic and as I passed multiple vehicles I could tell by looking at the side mirrors light up which vehicles have ADAS and which don't. It might have been a coincidence but the majority of the ones I passed were adas equipped vehicles. So I thought...is ADAS good for the consumer or is it a crutch. Yes, I'm fully aware ADAS vehicles are supposed to aid the driver in safety. But could it quite possibly be an added distraction? Does adas dull the senses of the driver? Does adas make the driver less complacent and not as aware of there surroundings? Does adas give an incompetent driver competency? For years we never had adas systems...but with more vehicle's on the road is it imperative we have to have adas systems because we can just use our side mirrors and rear mirrors anymore? My feeling is people are lazy now and spoiled. Or are they just not as smart? Whats your take on adas systems? I could just be old school or just plain old....

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Brian Owner
Parma, Ohio
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I personally am not a ADAS fan. I do realize that it is here and each year more ADAS prevalent than the year before. Manufactures are pumping into customers heads that the vehicles are safer with these systems, and the customer demand continues to increase so its not going anywhere as far as I can see. I am concerned with people expecting their vehicle to alert them to threats as opposed to…

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Mark Mechanic
Georgetown Township, Michigan
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I would hope that when a sensor fails or there is a system fault, the driver gets a BIG notification that "System is off" and they have to be aware and drive their vehicles using all their God given senses. Much like when an ABS light is on, you are in control of stopping your vehicle the old school way (which I personally prefer). And when they find out how much it will cost to fix an ADAS…

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Brandon Owner/Technician
Eagan, Minnesota
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How about taking a driver's test with park assist doing the parallel park for them! That will be the day.... It could mean changes in classification for driver's licences. Here in MN for CDL licence you need to drive what your going to drive so for a MANUAL class A you need to drive truck and trailer with a manual gearbox otherwise you are limited to a automatic truck. On the class 8 trucks the…

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Neil Mobile Technician
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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Please find attached an interesting PDF from IIHS, about ADAS.

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Brian Owner
Parma, Ohio
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Thanks for sharing that Neil, I cant argue your document from IIHS , I do feel it is to early to tell what the future holds as far as driver competence (speaking of drivers that are used to systems driving vehicles with out systems or vehicles with systems that are inoperative or worse yet compromised).

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Neil Mobile Technician
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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IIHS is actually doing testing with ADAS. I was at IIHS a couple of weeks ago and they said we are still years away from a fully autonomous vehicle for everyone.

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John Owner
Medford, New York
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Edwin, We are getting old buddy. Lol. Also, very old school which is not a bad thing. You bring up some good points for discussion for sure. I believe it will depend on the driver. Some drivers use ADAS as intended as a SUPPLEMENTAL system. While others use it as a crutch. Lets face the facts. It is here it is not going anywhere. Unfortunately, the bigger issues I think are the proper…

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Bryan Technician
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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It is probable a bad thing but I drive a 17 Titan with blindspot warning. If it ever fails without warning there is going to be a wreck. At 1st I did not care for it but over time got used to the flashing in the mirror and beeping when you throw the turn signal on. Not sure I could go back to actually being a adult safe driver again and having to pay attention. But your feeling of people being…

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Mike Technician
Salina, Kansas
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Not to sound like a blank , but I a lot of driver's do not use the turn signals . It might be were with the new systems in few yrs when driver turns steering wheel so far one way or another blinker will come on , then on highway when the the system seeing when you move into other lane it turns on . Thank you for being a driver that uses turn signals

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Anthony Technical Support Specialist
Kirkwood, Pennsylvania
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Hi Edwin: You ask some good questions. Rather than give a knee jerk reaction response, perhaps some of them they should receive some thought. 1: Anything can be a distraction. What distraction is added for the driver of that vehicle? Or are you asking if it is a distraction to other drivers; i.e. the illuminated mirrors that you described? 2: Does it dull the senses? It could. When I was…

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Scott Owner
Moreno Valley, California
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Hi Guido, Good reply! To your last point about people should be trained driving their vehicle is a valid one. A few years back I had a regular customer who came in and said there's a problem with her brakes and she almost hit someone. We went for a drive and we're talking - I'm driving. The brakes felt fine, it was a 2004 Sierra. As we're talking it dawns on me she had activated the ABS on the…

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Michael Mobile Technician
Clinton, Utah
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Hi Edwin, In my opinion, some safety systems like TPMS make sense. They are passive systems designed to make you aware of an issue. ABS is good but in the old days we were taught techniques on how to drive in snow and slippery situations. We tend to rely on ABS to stop us. Even when it is hopeless. ADAS in the form of taking control is way over the top. Cost of ownership can be very expensive…

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Brandon Owner/Technician
Eagan, Minnesota
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How about taking a driver's test with park assist doing the parallel park for them! That will be the day.... It could mean changes in classification for driver's licences. Here in MN for CDL licence you need to drive what your going to drive so for a MANUAL class A you need to drive truck and trailer with a manual gearbox otherwise you are limited to a automatic truck. On the class 8 trucks the…

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Tony Owner/Technician
Moncks Corner, South Carolina
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The IIHS data sheet is very interesting. However there was a recent survey cited in a widely known online collision publication that showed that 60% of people surveyed had vehicles equipped with ADAS and were annoyed by the warnings and alarms so they simply turned those systems off. That's why I am in business today.

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Scott Owner
Moreno Valley, California
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Hi Edwin, Good, bad, indifferent, I don't know. What I do know, we're approaching the point that car ownership might be coming to an end. The average new vehicle is over $37,000 which works out to $837 a month for a 5 year loan. Sure you can get longer loans, but...Factor in depreciation, registration, insurance, fuel and maintenance costs, this is an expensive depreciating asset. I'm seeing…

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Brian Instructor
Parma, Ohio
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Scott, Funny you say that, "we're approaching the point that car ownership might be coming to an end." there is a billboard near a busy highway here near a few new car dealers that says "Owning a Vehicle is Stupid".. I am not a fan of leasing or debt, especially on something that depreciates like a rock (Dave Ramsey fan here), however a $249 / month lease for life still cheaper than a 37k…

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James Technician
Lewisville, Texas
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The goal of ADAS is safety, and who can be against safety? Certainly there are issues and growing pains as this technology advances. For the purist, someone who likes to "drive" a car, the systems can typically be disabled. But for the young mother with kids in a car seats, I feel these systems are worth it. I'd like to be clear they are not perfect. Everyday I calibrate vehicles and you can…

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Hollis Technician
Boulder, Colorado
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ADAS Good or Bad ? Hmmm, depends on who's or what's at fault and who survives... ADAS and other safety related systems are results of our inability to recognize the consequential results of inattention and to correct behavior. To simplify it, those that make the decisions know you can't fix stupid, so maybe they can at least reduce its affects. The pitch, saves lives, the driving force, reduced…

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Mike Mechanic
Elysburg, Pennsylvania
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I have 2017 Chevy Volt equipped with ADAS. When I 1st got it i poop-pooped it! I am from the old generation ( no seat belts) and do not need that extra crap! Well after having it save my butt a few times I have changed my mind. I try to be very cognizant of my surroundings when driving even with the adaptive cruise control engaged and the other features. It is nice but I still do not trust it…

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Derek Technician
Kannapolis, North Carolina
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Personally I'm don't feel like I'm sacrificing any safety driving around without any adas systems. I find blind spot monitoring systems distracting and annoying, but I imagine I could get used to them. What is scary to me is any system that controls steering input or is capable of deciding to stop the car without any driver input. The Wall Street Journal recently reported a number of accidents…

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Avery Technician
Kansas City, Missouri
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I have some thoughts on ADAS systems to share. When we look at the system as a whole they are simply trying to correct proper judgment. Looking around you, paying attention and not being distracted. These systems that are in place in newer vehicles aren't able to operate correctly in heavy rain, sleet, snow, and ice. My biggest issue is that like anything (say cell phones for example), people…

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