We Get By With a Little Help From Our...Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Anne Corning

With apologies to the Beatles, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are becoming our new best friends—at least when it comes to being safe on the road. An increasing number of consumer and commercial vehicles now offer ADAS features of various kinds, including:

  • Parking assist
  • Adaptive driving beam (ADB) headlamps
  • Night vision
  • Blind spot detection
  • Cross-traffic alerts
  • Advanced automatic emergency braking
  • Collision warnings
  • Driver drowsiness alerts
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Lane departure warnings
  • Adaptive cruise control

The global market for these features is growing, forecast to increase at a CAGR of 9.7% to more than double by 2030, from US$30.9 billion in 2022 to US$65.1 billion by 2030.1 Using technologies including lidar, cameras, radar, and infrared sensing, ADAS can be either passive, e.g., warning alerts shown to the driver, or active, such as automatic braking that will stop a car before it collides with an oncoming object, whether or not the driver brakes in time.

Some systems monitor the road and environment surrounding the vehicle, and some have their focus inside. Driver-monitoring systems (DMS) can now guard against falling asleep at the wheel or a sudden medical emergency such as heart attack. Occupant monitoring systems (OMS) can protect the safety of children in the back seat, or alert commercial drivers of an unauthorized passenger or falling cargo.

National Highway & Traffic Safety Admin: Levels of Automoation

Five levels of vehicle automation, as defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). (Image Source: NHTSA)

Radiant has worked with automotive customers who are developing and implementing multiple different ADAS functions and technologies. Our solutions are helping Tier suppliers and OEMs ensure the quality and performance of systems using near-infrared (NIR) sensing, cameras, and more. Below is a collection of resources that may help readers "come up to speed" on this new market.



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