‘Driver assistance systems require practical training’
Edulogia, the Flemish knowledge and expertise center for mobility education, and the driving skills center, ProMove, are joining forces with the ADAS charter. ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) are systems that help the driver with their driving task.
Also, ProMove wants to take over the delivery of new vehicles from car brands, so that professional driving instructors can introduce new owners to the systems. Very often, the knowledge of driver assistance systems among car salespeople and garages is insufficient to inform motorists correctly.
From May 2022 onward, all new car models marketed in Europe will be required to have several ADAS, such as Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA), Fatigue and Attention Detection, Lane Assistance Warning, and Reversing Detection.
ADAS can contribute to traffic safety and traffic flow as well as to the environment. On the one hand, the systems can increase driving comfort, but there are also ADAS that inform or assist the driver in carrying out the driving task so that the risk of an accident can be reduced.
Unknown to motorists
The ADAS charter was presented on Wednesday at ProMove at the Circuit of Zolder. The partners call on interested parties to commit themselves to raise awareness of such systems and to encourage the purchase of these systems. Moreover, these systems often are unknown to the consumer, which means they do not or insufficiently influence the purchasing process. The user is also not always aware of the systems in his own car.
Moreover, there are currently no standardized names, symbols, and functionalities of the various driving task support systems per car brand. The different systems do the same thing in many cases, but the way they work or intervene differs.
Standardization would also be desirablein case of car-sharing, as drivers have less time to ‘get used’ to the various cars. The safety systems are activated ‘by default’ after starting, but in certain situations, the driver can also switch them off.
Drivers lose attention
According to the partners, informing drivers about the offer and the actual operation is very important, as the systems are only supportive and the full responsibility remains with the driver. “In some cases, these systems give the driver a false sense of security,” says Chris Vanhee of ProMove. “We see, for example, that the reaction speed goes from 1 to 3 seconds, but then it is too late to intervene.” The use of ADAS should not lead to fewer alert drivers.
ADAS should be mandatory
“Driver assistance systems, such as an emergency braking system, should be mandatory as soon as possible. If you buy a new car, you can, for example, link an ADAS course to it,” says Mark Pecqueur, lecturer and research developer at Thomas More University. “The driver may start to get bored, but he will still have to make the final decision and thus stay alert. This is a difficult transition,” Pecqueur adds.
According to the initiators, training with the most common driving aid systems is necessary. This should preferably be done in a closed practice area so that the driver and instructor do not obstruct other road users in the event of a possible emergency stop.