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Standard Names Needed for Car Technology

Consumer Reports has partnered with AAA, J.D. Power, and the National Safety Council to come up with a set of standard names to be used for new car safety technologies. As innovation presents better ways for cars to provide drivers with warnings and auto-control features that make driving safer, the players in the industry have not settled on a consistent set of terms to use when referring to the equipment.

The conflicting terms used for the new safety systems present an inherent danger when drivers misunderstand what the safety features actually offer. The agencies behind the push contend that standardizing the terminology used will help car buyers comparison shop. Beyond that, it will streamline the use of these terms so that the safety features themselves will be more easily accessible to drivers.

As it stands, there are discrepancies between terms used by different manufacturers, but there are also differing terms used for one system in the same vehicle. In one example, a particular car model called the same safety system by three different names in its manual, the in-car menu, and on the manufacturer’s website.

The group hopes the car industry will voluntarily adopt a singular list to use when referring to the emerging technologies. They offered a list of suggestions, acknowledging that some alterations may come before a fully uniform list goes into effect, which includes the following terms:

Driving Control Assistance

  • Adaptive cruise control: Detects the car in front to keep a safe distance using acceleration and/or braking
  • Active driving assistance: Uses acceleration, braking, and steering to support a driver who controls the vehicle. Some systems are intended only in specific driving conditions.
  • Lane keeping assistance: Supports an active driver by using steering controls to keep the car within its lane

Collision Warnings

  • Blind spot warning: Alerts the driver to the presence of a car traveling in the next lane
  • Forward collision warning: Alerts driver of a potential forward collision
  • Lane departure warning: Alerts driver when car approaches or crosses lane markers
  • Parking obstruction warning: Alerts driver to nearby objects while parking
  • Rear cross traffic warning: Alerts driver of vehicles to the side and rear while in reverse

Collision Intervention

  • Automatic emergency braking: Warns of potential front collisions and applies brakes when necessary
  • Automatic emergency steering: Controls steering to avoid collision
  • Rear automatic braking: Applies brakes while in reverse to avoid collision

Parking Assistance

  • Active parking assistance: Assists driver with parking using steering control and potentially other functions while driver usually handles acceleration, braking, and shifting gears
  • Remote parking: Parks the car on its own; driver may be outside the vehicle

Other Driver Assistance Systems

  • Automatic high beams: Automatically shifts between high and low-beam headlamps according to lighting, surroundings, and traffic
  • Backup camera: Shows area behind while in reverse
  • Driver monitoring: Monitors driver’s eye movement and head position to detect driver engagement
  • Head-up display: Displays vehicle or navigation data with driver’s line of vision
  • Night vision: Aids driver vision at night
  • Surround-view camera: Presents view of surroundings

Cherry Hill Car Accident Lawyers at Williams Cedar Represent Car Accident Victims

If you were injured in an accident due to a misused or malfunctioning driver-assistance system, you may be eligible to collect damages for your accident. Contact the Cherry Hill car accident lawyers at Williams Cedar by calling 856-470-9777 or contact us online to set up a free consultation. With offices in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey, we represent clients throughout Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and nationwide.