If you’re in the market for a new car, you’ve probably heard about driver assist technologies. However, few consumers actually understand what’s so special about this unique range of safety systems. From Blind-spot Monitoring to Adaptive Cruise Control, driver assist technologies are the future of automotive design.
According to Bankrate, understanding driver assist technologies is fairly simple, because most are designed to boost safety using sensors and computers. Most rely on complex software and radar or cameras to prevent accidents, and some can even partially drive the car for you. If you buy a new car, it’s highly likely that it comes with one or more of these advanced features.
Blind-spot Monitoring is one of the most popular systems on the market, using radar sensors to aid the driver when changing lanes, passing, and being passed. The vehicle will alert you to potential danger using chimes and warning lights.
Adaptive Cruise Control allows you to set the following distance from the car in front of you. This makes it easy to keep up with traffic, and it also works in stop-and-go conditions. Capable of reacting faster than humans, this system will even come to a full-stop should someone in front of you slam on their brakes while you are using cruise control.
ParkView is an intelligent Chrysler product that uses a wide-angle rearview backup camera to help you maneuver even the tightest parking spaces. It’s also great for hooking up to trailers and reversing in general.
Trailer Sway Mitigation pairs with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) to anticipate swaying. It can apply brakes individually and regulate throttle to help you maintain control. This feature is standard on many new models.
These are just some of the many driver assist technologies offered on Fiat-Chrysler vehicles.