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The benefits of ADAS-based features

With Tesla testing its Autopilot program and tech suppliers like Harman International creating prototypes for futuristic cars, fully autonomous driving seems to be just around the corner. However, these developments will take years to be refined and made available to the public. In the meantime, several new safety features are already saving lives. Drivers in New Jersey may want to know more about assisted driving technologies in particular.

These technologies are also known as advanced driver assistance systems. Collision-avoidance systems, which include features like lane departure warnings, blind spot alerts and rear-end collision avoidance, have become highly developed. Some features even alert drivers to adverse road conditions.

Though not as exciting as fully automated features, these technologies may soon lead to semi-autonomous driving, where the car is able to perform certain actions on its own. Collision avoidance systems, for example, automatically apply the brakes if drivers don't respond to the initial signal alerting them to a potential crash. Automakers still face the problem of combining fully automated driving with features that allow drivers to regain control in emergencies. This makes ADAS-based features even more attractive.

Most mainstream automakers, such as Honda and Chevrolet, offer collision avoidance systems as optional add-ons. Luxury brands like Volvo and Audi have already made them a regular component, and Mercedes-Benz started implementing them back in 2007.

Even when vehicles have ADAS features, negligent driving behavior can be dangerous. If negligent driving leads to a car accident, the victim may have a valid personal injury claim. A lawyer can evaluate the case and calculate a potential settlement.

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