Safety is turning out to be an important aspect for Indian customers. Along with price, mileage and features, they now look for safety as well. ADAS or Advanced Driver Assistance System is a new addition to cars in India.
Carmakers are constantly improving the features and safety of cars every year. In the past 3-4 years cars are getting better safety-wise. The number of cars with 5-star GNCAP safety ratings is improving. Of course, customers are also attracted to cars that provide better safety. In this article we will tell you about 3 affordable cars with ADAS technology in India.
What is ADAS?
Before getting into the cars, let’s go through the basics of ADAS first. ADAS is a major area in which carmakers are investing millions of dollars into research. Autonomous driving is the future and ADAS is the way to achieve it. We already have a few carmakers excelling at this such as Tesla.
ADAS works with the help of a camera, RADAR and other kinds of sensors placed strategically around the car. A car is categorised depending on the degree of autonomous driving it is capable of. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has defined 5 levels of autonomous driving.
ADAS level 0 will have no automation, the driver is solely responsible to control the car. Level 1 ADAS cars are capable of driving on their own in specific scenarios with the help of the driver. ADAS Level 2 cars can drive in complex scenarios with the driver monitoring the car.
Level 3 ADAS is where things get interesting. The system can completely drive on its own without the driver monitoring in most of the scenarios. ADAS Level 4 is where a car can be categorised as fully autonomous. The car can drive on its own and will inform the driver to take over only when the situation demands. ADAS Level 5 is where the passengers don’t have to worry about taking over the driving. In fact, the car can go without a steering wheel, gas/brake pedal.
The ADAS features on a car depend on the level of automation. Hence it could defer from car to car. Here are some of the key ADAS features that might interest you:
- Adaptive Cruise control
- Automatic parking
- Night Vision
- Blind Spot Monitoring
- Automatic emergency braking system
- Driver Drowsiness detection
- Lane departure warning system
- Lane change assist
- Pedestrian protection system
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Lane keep assist
Affordable cars with ADAS in India
1. MG Gloster
MG Gloster, the massive three-row SUV was the first car to get an ADAS system in India. Priced at Rs. 30.99 lakh, the Gloster rivals the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Mahindra Alturas and the upcoming Jeep Meridian.
The Level-1 ADAS in the Gloster offers features such as the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Automatic Parking Assist (APA), Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).
2. MG Astor
MG Astor is the most affordable cars to get ADAS in India. It is the petrol version of the already existing MG ZS EV. The MG Astor price starts from Rs. 9.98 lakh and goes up to Rs. 17.72 lakh. It goes against some tough competitors like the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Nissan Kicks and the new twin brother Skoda Kushaq and VW Taigun.
Unlike the Gloster, Astor gets the level-2 ADAS with improved safety features. Along with Gloster’s features, it gets Speed Assist system (SAS), Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist (LCA) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. (RCTA).
3. Mahindra XUV700
XUV700 is the latest offering from Mahindra. The SUV grabbed a lot of attention with its best-in-class features, safety features and pricing. Mahindra XUV700 price starts from Rs. 12.95 lakh. It rivals a wide range of cars depending on its seating configuration. It challenges the Tata Safari, Tata Harrier, Hyundai Creta, Hyundai Alcazar, MG Hector and Jeep Compass.
The ADAS features on the XUV700 includes Adaptive Cruise Control, High Beam Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, 360-degree surround view system, blind view monitoring and Front Collision Warning.
1. What is the full form of ADAS?
ADAS stands for Advanced Driver Assistance System.
2. When was the ADAS introduced in cars?
ADAS dates back to the 1950s when ABS, electronic stability control and traction control were introduced in cars.