Cars are becoming increasingly more intelligent. In recent years, the automotive industry has seen more and more manufacturers release models with a variety of features such as parking sensors, lane keep assist and blind spot detection - also referred to as blind spot assist. These new add-ons are great additions, helping to improve driving and aid in making the roads safer for everyone, however when buying a new car, trying to decipher all of the available features is becoming increasingly more confusing.
In this guide, we strip out all the confusing jargon and explain these new features and the benefits they can have for you and your driving.
Reversing and parking sensors
As a driver, parking your car in a variety of locations is an incredibly important skill. Whether you’re parallel parking on a street, reverse parking, or pulling into a tight bay at your local supermarket – you need to make sure you do it safely, without causing damage to your car or someone else’s.
Previously, you could only rely on your mirrors and spatial awareness when manoeuvring your car into a spot, but now we have parking and reversing sensors to assist us. Also known as proximity sensors, these are designed to inform drivers about potential obstacles in the way, whether these are bollards or even other vehicles.
How do reversing sensors work?
The way parking sensors work is either by sound wave or electromagnetic frequencies, sent out in the direction the car’s moving. They let out a beeping sound to warn the driver, with the beeps becoming more frequent as your vehicle approaches the object. Then, once your car is extremely close – it will let out a long, continuous beep, alerting you that you may hit the object if you manoeuvre further.
Some cars with reverse parking sensors may also display a visual image on the dash, much like MG models, with warning bars that change from green, orange then red– depending how far away you are. Alternatively, the reversing sensors may also feature a camera with a wide-angle lens to give you a greater field of vision. On some of our MG models, you can benefit from a reversing camera with dynamic guide lines, giving you greater control and accuracy when manoeuvring.
Lane Assist with Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
Each year, a considerable amount of accidents are caused by tired or distracted people accidentally drifting into a neighbouring lane. With lane assist, the system actively monitors your vehicles position in the road via the use of a wide-angle camera (usually located in the front mirror), and if it believes that the driver is unintentionally drifting, it’ll either send a warning or steer back into the appropriate lane. With MG ZS EV, the lane assist is incredibly intelligent as it warns the driver visually and audibly, with a vibration of the steering wheel – and, it’ll even steer you back into your rightful lane.
Blind Spot Assist
Blind spots are inevitable and checking your mirrors and rear windows won’t always give you the full picture. However, if you choose a vehicle with blind spot assist it can help to take some of the guess work out of the equation. The car’s blind spot assist sensors monitor the area around you and will warn you if you try to pull out when another vehicle in your blind spot. This is especially useful when overtaking, as it helps you to change lanes safely.
On the MG ZS EV, the blind spot assist alerts the driver of potentially hidden vehicles by displaying a visual signal on the door mirror, giving you enough time to respond.
The final word
These technical features are incredibly useful and can help to reduce stress by giving you enough time to react to avoid a potential accident. But, it’s important to note that parking sensors, lane assist and blind spot assist are created as tools to help with driving, and they should never be used instead of best driving practice.
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