Many modern cars such as the Nissan Juke have a design philosophy that embraces a host of safety technologies. In years gone by, the best you could hope for was an airbag if you were lucky. Now we have a huge amount of safety features on board our cars including crash avoidance technology. Now our cars can help us to avoid trouble before it even happens. Lane departure warnings are one of these safety measures, but many people don’t understand how they work, let’s take a closer look.
Early Beginnings in Japan:
Back in 1992, Mitsubishi unveiled a very basic camera operated tracking system that could track lane markings on the road. If the driver drifted across those road markings, an alarm would sound to warn the driver. This was available on the Mitsubishi Debonair, and it was the world’s first lane departure warning system. In the years that immediately followed other manufacturers scrambled to catch up and develop systems of their own.
The Evolution of the Technology:
Throughout the 90’s the lane departure warning systems became quite a common feature on many different cars. However, the core system of a tracking camera mounted above the windscreen to scan the road ahead remained. The road would be scanned for dotted and straight line markings at the left and right of the car. The method of warning developed to lights, soft chimes and even vibrations through the steering wheel.
The Rise of the Driver Assisted Car:
Toyota had the next major breakthrough in lane departure technology in 2004. They added a system to the Crown Majesta model that would monitor the road conditions and actually assist the driver. This was achieved by sending commands to the power steering system to subtly encourage the driver to make a steering correction. This is when the terms, such as lane keeping assist, lane assistance, and lane assist began to be used. We were quite a way off from an autonomous car, but some drivers resisted these developments. A vocal minority rejected the idea of losing some of their autonomy, but over time people seemed to get used to the technology. It also helped that many subsequent systems could be turned off completely if the driver wished to do so.
The Autonomous Driving Vehicle:
We may still be a little way from a Nissan Juke that drives us to the office automatically, but we have come a long way. The latest development occurred in 2015 when Tesla announced that they had developed a car autopilot system. This was fed by information from a dozen ultrasonic sensors on their Model S sedan car. All aspects of the ride were under driverless control, but there have been many teething problems and accidents have occurred whilst testing.
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