What's the deal with Driver Assist?

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Today's new cars are placing amazing new technology into the hands of drivers that borders on autonomous travel. Most of these new tech wonders fall under the heading of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and over 90 percent of new vehicles have at least one form of this amazing tech. These systems are getting more and more sophisticated and their use is widespread, but driver assist lingo can be confusing. What exactly do these systems really do?   

One of the reasons for confusion around ADAS is that every auto manufacturer has surrounded these technologies with complex and sometimes bewildering proprietary names. The absence of consistent naming conventions makes it difficult for consumers to know what features a specific vehicle has and how they work. Similarly named tech might do completely different things. For instance, one car will just warn you about an impending collision while another will actually apply the brakes.  

With that in mind, we have put together this list of current technologies that you'll find being used in most vehicles today. What is driver assist and what are driver assist features? We hope to clarify what these technologies can do as well as what they can't do. We'll also show you the staggering list of names for these systems.  

Self-driving cars?  
Where is all this technology taking us? Driver's assistance will soon bring us face to face with self-driving cars. Imagine combining such technologies as adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist and automatic braking in cars that will do most of the driving for us on the highway.   

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