We’ll pay for driver as­sis­tance sys­tems

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - OPINION -

If we can shift our own gears, and know how to par­al­lel park our cars, do we re­ally need driver as­sis­tance sys­tems?

New cars equipped with Ad­vanced Driver As­sis­tance Sys­tems (ADAS) such as for­ward col­li­sion warn­ing, au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing, adap­tive cruise con­trol, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, lane keep­ing as­sist, blind spot mon­i­tor­ing, rear cross traf­fic alert, park­ing as­sist/self-park­ing, adap­tive head­lights, any­thing that steers the ve­hi­cle for you should be cause for se­ri­ous eval­u­a­tion.

Be­cause ADAS re­lies on in­puts from sen­sors (cam­era, radar, ul­tra­sonic sen­sors) very pre­cisely aimed, these sen­sors require cal­i­bra­tion any time their po­si­tions are dis­turbed or ob­scured in any way. Mi­saimed sen­sors can re­sult from a mi­nor fender bump, a stone chip and even dust, snow or rain.

Re­plac­ing a wind­shield, chang­ing to af­ter­mar­ket rims for snow tires now require a pre­ci­sion re­cal­i­bra­tion. Chaching. Orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­turer parts must be used. Cha-ching.

In real terms, ve­hi­cles will be writ­ten off with very lit­tle dam­age. Re­pairs will only be pos­si­ble at large deal­er­ships. Cha-ching. Fi­nally, the re­sale value of used ve­hi­cles will de­crease. Cha-ching.

ADAS make driv­ing eas­ier. Noth­ing is free, some­one will have to pay for it.

Robert Ban­durka, Hum­boldt

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