Self-Driving Features Available at Are man she towards
Autonomous driving is the current grail of the vehicle world – almost every vehicle-maker is working towards some form of self-driving. Of course, not every automaker looks at it the same way. Some see self-driving features merely as a way to improve safety on the road, and help drivers to stay out of trouble. On the other hand, some carmakers are working rapidly towards a vehicle that requires little human input at all. So what are some of these features available today, and where can you find them?
PARKING WITH EASE
What was once the realm of luxury vehicles is now available on almost any vehicle. For Ford, vehicles such as the Ford Escape and Ford Focus can scan and identify potential parking spaces, then maneuver into them using only throttle inputs from the driver. BMW takes this a step further, not only automating the steering but also the gas and brakes in the 7-series and electric i3 models.
STAYING ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW
While lane-departure warning is a fairly standard piece of equipment these days, not as many vehicles are offered with corrective steering. The INFINITI Q50 offers Active Lane Control and Lane Departure, along with Direct Adaptive steering, that offers nearly hands-free lane-keeping. By sensing lane markings, the Q50 identifies drifting versus intended maneuvering, and can correct the vehicle to stay in a chosen lane. This helps to avoid inattentive sliding out of lanes or onto the shoulder of the road. Even more impressively, with the electronic Direct Adaptive steering, there is no feedback through the steering wheel either.
MAINTAIN YOUR DISTANCE
One of the most advanced self-driving functions, adaptive cruise control and automatic braking systems help to maintain distance between vehicles, applying brake and throttle as needed to prevent or at least greatly reduce incidents. Maserati’s new Levante SUV features their version of this system, which is also expected to find its way into the next generation of Ghibli and Quattroporte sedans. Lincoln has a similar system in the MKC and MKX, along with self-parking as mentioned above.
It’s not just luxury vehicles that offer this either. While some of them are less powerful, vehicles such as the Fiat 500X, the Chrysler 300, the Nissan Maxima and Murano, and the Volkswagen Golf all offer some method of distance maintaining. Even Mazda, where their aim is more along the lines of using self-driving technology as a complement to the driving experience instead of a replacement, utilizes adaptive cruise control with the Smart City Brake Support system and Smart Brake systems that provide automatic stopping up to certain speeds. Available in the highly-popular CX-5 crossover and Mazda3 sedan, these systems are widely utilized.
On top of these current self-driving features, plenty of automakers are looking well into the future. Features such as Traffic Jam Assist, with lane-centering steering and full-speed adaptive cruise control, are close on the horizon for many of these automakers. While no one is looking at full-autonomous driving as a likelihood within the next two or three years, many of them expect that self-driving will develop to that point within the next decade. This means rapid evolution, with new features being integrated on a yearly basis.
Here at Are man she towards, we offer a wide range of vehicles with these self-driving features and more, with every automaker evolving their offerings as new technology is developed. All of the vehicles mentioned above are available, and many of the unnamed models from the respective carmakers also feature some iteration of the technology. Stop in today and see what these vehicles have to offer, and see what level of self-driving fits into your comfort zone!