Lane Assist Vehicle Technology

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Lane assistance is a feature in vehicles that is fast gaining popularity.  It is a camera mounted to the windshield that looks forward that identifies lane markings in the front of the vehicle and on the side of the road.  It then helps drivers correct the course of the vehicle (by steering in case they happen to drift into the other lanes.  It can also make a warning sound if your vehicle is merging into another lane without using a turn signal.

This feature can be beneficial but it also has its own drawbacks.

Benefits of using the lane assistance:

  • Drivers will be alerted if they happen to drift into another lane accidentally.  Either by lane assist taking over and steering or by providing a vibration like the action of rumble strips through the steering wheel.

  • The steering system provides a correcting action to correct the vehicle if it is leaving the lane.

  • Drivers can override the lane assist by gently steering against it.

Things to keep in mind about lane assistance:

  • In order for this feature to work, the lanes must be identifiable (cannot be obstructed by snow for example).

  • This feature becomes disengaged if you use your turn signal or if you steer through a lane change.

  • This feature does not engage on tight turns.

  • Lane assistance does not work in speeds lower than 65km/h, however in lower speeds, lane assist warns the driver by a vibration in the steering wheel.

Driving is inherently tiring and sometimes when drivers become fatigued, they make innocent mistakes that can often come with deadly consequences.  When drivers deviate from their lane from inattention accidents can happen.

When this system is activated, the driver is alerted by a little yellow icon which tells the driver the system is engaged.  Once the system has been disengaged, the icon disappears.

This additional safety feature will help decrease accidents and hopefully help to decrease the rate of insurance needed for accidents.