The evolution of ADAS technology

The evolution of ADAS technology

Technology has been propelling human innovation since our first ancestors picked up a bone and used it as a hammer. It has made our lives easier, safer and more efficient. And when it comes to the trucking industry, technology has improved safety measures by leaps and bounds. OEMs are continuously developing advanced driver assistance systems that are integrated into their trucks. 

Several of today’s most common ADAS offerings include adaptive cruise control, active brake assist, and active lane-keep assist. OEMs and suppliers offer variations on these technologies, but here’s a quick overview of what to anticipate from each system:

Adaptive cruise uses a forward looking radar to detect the distance of vehicles in front of you and adjusts your truck’s speed to maintain a safe following distance.

So if someone cuts you off or you find yourself in heavy traffic situations, this technology curtails the risk of collision through the application of active brake assist which works to slow any truck to a stop if the need arises and begins accelerating when the radar senses increased distance between you and the vehicle ahead.  

ADAS technologies such as collision prevention, active brake assist and ACC have been largely adopted and bolstered by OEMs who are standardizing it’s utilization in their latest trucks. 

But let’s take things one step further. 

Lane keep assist technology ensures that you stay within the lines by gently steering the truck back into the middle of the lane should you get too close to the lane boundary without a turn signal. 

Though OEMs haven’t pointed to specific numbers and fleets tend to guard their safety records, many OEMs have noted that ADAS suites are represented on a majority of their truck builds where the systems are available. Fleet adoption of these technologies only continues to grow.

History has shown that in due time, there’s always a new advancement just down the road. Just as lane-keep assist was built upon the initial adaptive cruise control system, ADAS will continue to advance as we truck down the road toward fully automated driving functionality. 

You May Also Like

Avoiding wheel end maintenance complications

Here are the unintended component service consequences that come from fixing related equipment.


A brake job seems like a pretty straightforward, run-of-the-mill service event, but then the trailer is back in the bay, this time with a wheel end issue. It seems unrelated--leaking lube--but then, as the fleet manager, you think back to that brake job when you had to take the wheel end apart. Did your tech put it back together correctly? Could your service department or provider have caused this issue? Could it have been avoided?

Managing trailer telematics data overload

Fleets have a want and demand for not necessarily more data, but more actionable information.

Hot Wheels: The dangers of overheated trailer tires and how to prevent them

Hot wheels are great for racing, but for your fleets operations? Not so much. Prevent overheating with these tire-saving tips.

The impact of A.I. on truck driver safety

A.I. product offerings are gaining popularity in the market and are being implemented by fleets of all sizes.

Identifying your fleet’s truck tipping point

As a truck ages, the costs of maintenance may start to outweigh the benefits of continued use.


Other Posts

Aperia Technologies extends predictive tire maintenance platform to last-mile market

Its tire analytics engine is said to use machine learning to characterize the many interrelated variables that affect and inform tire-related maintenance.

PC-12: Looking to the future of heavy-duty engine oils

By doing this work in advance, you can maximize the benefits that PC-12 lubricants will offer to your fleet.

Five truck trend takeaways from May

Your fleet’s role in facilitating the smooth and efficient movement of people and goods becomes paramount during this bustling period.

Daimler Truck CEO on decarbonization developments, infrastructure investment and the reason for Rizon

With sustainable trucking options on the road, more challenges are ahead … as well as opportunity.