Active Driver Assistance

By Paul Parkinson

Driver aids
I recently received a brochure for the new Audi A4
which has its UK launch on 23rd February, so I guess Audi must think
it’s time for me to trade in my A3, which had its 120,000 mile (190,000
km) service last week. Flicking through the brochure, I noticed a
number of new technologies being introduced on the new A4 model. The Audi Drive Select features comfort, auto and dynamic drive modes; Audi Side Assist uses radar sensors to detect vehicles in the car’s blind spots; and Audi Lane Assist warns if the car strays from the marked lane. Back in the 1990′s, I attended a lecture given by Jaguar about the PROMETHEUS research programme
(IEEE), which was investigating some of these technologies, as well as
others such as Head-Up Display systems (which are now being offered on
some executive cars).

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