Decided Lingo for Automated Driver Assistance Technology (ADAS)—Will it Stick? (And, of course, other news)

By Shelia Dunn, NMA Communications Director

Four national groups pushed out a statement this week advocating that we should all unite in the adoption of a common naming system for advanced driver assistance technology (ADAS). AAA, Consumer Reports, J.D. Power and the National Safety Council are asking all safety groups, automakers and automotive industry journalists to adopt terms that help reduce driver confusion and define the functions of ADAS. For example, AAA stated that automakers use 40 different names just for automatic emergency braking. This is good step forward because all the different lingo is confusing.

Broken down into five categories, here are the agreed upon terms:

Category 1: Driving Control Assistance

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Active driving assistance
  • Lane keeping assistance

Category 2: Collision Warnings

  • Blind spot warning
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Parking obstruction warning
  • Rear cross traffic warning

Category 3: Collision Intervention

  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Automatic emergency steering
  • Rear automatic braking

Category 4: Parking Assistance

  • Active parking assistance
  • Remote parking

Category 5: Other Driver Assistance Systems

  • Automatic high beams
  • Backup camera
  • Driver monitoring
  • Head-up display
  • Night vision
  • Surround-view camera

Who knew there were even so many different systems and devices huddled under the ADAS moniker?

Automotive News Reporter Pete Bigelow also called for clarity for self-driving terminology. This will probably next and is sorely needed for all of us trying to define the various levels of automation and connectivity in the AV sphere.

In other Auto Tech Watch News this week:

US Congress was quite busy this week with hearings and legislation.

The Federal Communications Commission has also decided to open up the communications spectrum which might diminish what is needed for connected vehicle technology.

FCC Spectrum Proposal Spotlights Automaker Technological Divide –Bloomberg.com

Truck safety advocates blast FCC spectrum carve-out plan –Freightwaves.com

The NTSB met this week to discuss the final report of the Driverless Uber Accident/pedestrian fatality in 2018.

The Verge.com wrote a balanced story on this.

In News by Category:

Auto Parts

GM not liable for punitive damages in ignition switch cases: U.S. appeals court –Reuters

Michelin asks feds for help in reinventing the wheel – SC Post and Courier

Technologies that can still save the internal combustion engine –Digital Trends

Auto Tech in General

Technology won’t save us from distracted driving –Salem, MA News

Technology-Assisted Brakes Not As Good As “Engaged” Drivers –Governing.com

Driverless Cars

Why People Might Not Opt For Self-Driving Cars over Human Chauffeurs –Forbes

Autonomous car safety group proposes human operator training and oversight –CNET.com

For autonomous cars, ancient Greece is the word –Chief Scientist Australia

For Now, Autonomous Cars May Mean Never Having to Park Again –Fortune

AVs to race at Indianapolis –Autonomous Vehicle International

Autonomous taxis become a rough ride for Europe –AutoNews Europe

It’s Flu Season and here’s Why Self-Driving Cars Might Make Things Worse –Forbes

Improving autonomous autos by having them guess which humans are selfish –Arstechnica

Self-Driving Cars Learn About Road Hazards through Augmented Reality –Spectrum IEEE

Are self-driving cars safe for our cities? –Curbed.com

Opinion: We need autonomous vehicle laws –Detroit News

Electric Cars

We Are Opting For More Reusable Batteries, But At What Risk? –Governing.com

Why the electric-car revolution may take a lot longer than expected –Technology Review.com

Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Are fuel cells still the Cinderella of propulsion technologies? –Automotive World

Europe Nurturing Hydrogen-Vehicle Market –Wards Auto

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