No moderately sensible person would dare to question the gain in comfort and, above all, in safety that driving aids entail which driving hand controls are needed, the most advanced of which are ADAS for the acronym in English for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems.
- Lane-keeping assistance. It is an evolution of the previous system. It turns the direction to keep the car within the lane when it begins to deviate and threatens to cross a horizontal line without the driver has activated the indicator. This does not mean that you can ignore everything (and unless you let go of the wheel), but it can save your life if you nap. Keep in mind that it does not work in sharp curves or with blurred lines on the road or when the sun is dazzling the camera. More than uncomfortable, it can be annoying because it shows us that we often touch the lines of the road even if we are not distracted.
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Another one of those happy ideas that, depending on how conservative the system is, can give you a most unpleasant scare. In principle, this equipment warns of the presence of one or more vehicles approaching our position while we are maneuvering backward, and it can completely stop the car to avoid an impact. Once again, it often happens that the suddenness with which you brake is not proportional to the proximity of that other car nor to the (low) speed at which we are performing the maneuver. As in an untimely emergency braking, the resulting feeling is one of bewilderment at what has happened without any justification.
- Automatic lights long to ticas. Who did not dream a few years ago of being able to circulate at night on a secondary road without worrying about putting on and taking off the lengths every time we come across another vehicle. The gadget that takes care of it has been around for a long time, and it just doesn’t always work the way it should. Ruled by the (very commendable) principle of not dazzling anyone, when we travel on the motorway, it tends to turn off the long lines by surprise at the slightest doubt, although if the road is clear, it does its job well. On twisting roads, it tends to confuse the reflectors on the guardrails with approaching headlights, which turn off the lights (which are called, strictly speaking, road) when we need them most: at the entrance of the curves.