Drivers are taught about safety from the moment they first start learning to drive.

Fasten your seat belt. Look in all directions at stop signs. Maintain a safe distance from the car in front of you. Obey the speed limit. Slow down in bad weather. Keep your eyes on the road.

Now, cars are doing a lot to protect drivers. In fact, they may soon be doing all the actual driving.

That’s why it’s important to know how the rapid advancements in safety technologies taking place – especially in auto glass – may affect your business.

Why Cars Are Safer Drivers Than People

More and more auto manufacturers are equipping their vehicles with ADAS, or Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. ADAS automate, adapt, and enhance various vehicle systems for better, safer driving, and help avoid collisions by alerting drivers, or by actually taking control of a vehicle to prevent an accident.

For example:

  • Ignition systems that lock up after detecting alcohol on the driver’s breath
  • Rear-view backup cameras to help see what’s behind you
  • Built-in GPS systems to guide your way
  • Automatic parking systems that take the aggravation out of parallel parking

Windshields Play a Key Safety Role

Whether as a standard, optional, or aftermarket item, ADAS are found from one end of a car to the other, inside and out. The windshield is a primary safety source, where cameras combine with sensors to provide a collision avoidance system using radar to detect when a crash is about and warn the driver.

Another windshield ADAS innovation is the automotive night vision system. Using an infrared camera, the system projects a display on the windshield that extends a driver’s image of the road ahead at night.

Technologies powering ADAS are based on camera systems, sensors, Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) or Vehicle-to-Infrastructure systems. One of the fastest-growing segments in automotive electronics, ADAS technology will increasingly apply wireless network connectivity to increase their effectiveness.

Help Your Customers Stay Safe on the Road

The list of ADAS is long, and keeps growing, from blind spot monitoring, to lane departure warnings, to braking systems that work automatically to prevent a collision. Their importance in greatly reducing auto accidents cannot be emphasized enough.

Which is why it’s vital that you continually remind your customers to keep their ADAS fully functional and properly calibrated.

Be Part of a Safety Evolution

While cars still need a driver at the wheel, all these safety systems are steering the way to fully autonomous cars. They’re continuing to evolve and becoming more prevalent in more vehicle makes and models. Someday, drivers may be able to simply hop in their cars, tell them where to go, then just sit back and enjoy the ride.

OK, cars may not become THAT autonomous. The good news is, though, they’ll definitely help keep people a lot safer on the road.

And by knowing how ADAS work and helping to keep them functioning, particularly those involving auto glass, you’ll be doing your part to keep people safe as well.