Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) is a general term for automotive technologies that assist drivers, detect hazards and, in turn, reduce the risk and severity of vehicle collision. 40% of the Motability Scheme’s fleet is now ADAS enabled, but what does this mean to you? Here, we explain how ADAS can help our customers.
How does it work?
ADAS works by helping to reduce human error, which is the biggest cause of accidents on the road. They can check things like speed, braking and steering and then act accordingly or, alternatively, alert the driver. A lot of this technology is already available from car manufacturers in different forms; popular examples of ADAS technologies include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning/lane-keep assist and autonomous breaking.
Can they help disabled drivers?
Some ADAS features can be particularly helpful to drivers with limited mobility and disabilities with certain tasks. For example, some vehicles now have blind spot detection, this can be useful for someone with limited mobility who can’t physically turn around to check their blind spots.
Things to be aware of
When you’re choosing a new vehicle, ask your dealer what, if any, ADAS are in place. Your dealer will be able to advise on how to maintain this technology and how to enable or disable the systems if necessary.
ADAS technology often requires multiple front facing cameras and sensors on the windscreen to detect and correctly map the environment around the vehicle in 3D. Therefore, if something happens to your windscreen your ADAS may be compromised, and a repair may be required.
Both window and windscreen repair are included in your worry-free lease package courtesy of our Scheme partner Autoglass. Autoglass, will be able to repair, or replace your windscreen if required and determine if the ADAS sensors have been affected. If they have, Autoglass will calibrate the sensors, ensuring that ADAS performance isn’t compromised.
Please note that if your windscreen needs replacing this will require an excess payment of £50, however the cost of repairs are included as part of your lease, at no additional cost.
If you notice any damage to your windscreen, please call the Motability Scheme Glassline, managed by Autoglass, on 0300 037 9944 (00353 18429731 in Republic of Ireland). They will be able to offer guidance and, if necessary, arrange for a technician to visit you. You will need to tell them you are a Motability Scheme Customer and present your Certificate of Motor Insurance.