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Lane departure warning alerts you that your car is about to veer out of lane and warns you to get back into lane. All forms of lane departure warning employ a low-cost camera mounted in the windshield near the rear view mirror that continuously watches the striped and solid lane markings of the road ahead.
How does lane departure warning work?
It is part of the circle of safety, the three most common and useful driver assists: Thinking about buying a car with some form of lane departure warning?
This is the original. It is a warning only. When you let the car drift near, onto, or over the lane marking, the car alerts you. As the driver, you have to take corrective action by steering the car back to the middle of the lane. It may not work, or not as well, if your state waits until the lane markings are faded before repainting.
Lane marking dots are sometimes harder to track, especially if their coloring has faded. This helps once you let the car drift too far. The car then steers itself away from the lane marking. The driver has to re-center the car in the lane. This is the best and newest system, as long as you trust technology. Lane centering assist always tries to keep the car centered in the current lane. If you have lane centering assist and adaptive cruise control, you have the beginnings of what some people would call self-driving.
At the very least, the combination is enough to save you from inattentiveness if you speed along seconds looking at a music playlist or shame, shame scanning a full-screen text. Pay attention to when the lane departure systems kick in and how they alert you. This is make-or-break stuff when it comes to driver satisfaction. Minimum speed to engage.
Lane departure warning kicks in between 30 mph and 40 mph or the rough metric equivalent, kph. The other alert form is …. Other cars vibrate the steering wheel or seat cushion. Seat cushion feedback can vibrate the left or right side only, to direct your attention to the offending side of the car. Broadly speaking, Asian cars are more likely to use audible warnings, European cars are more likely to use haptic feedback, and American cars use some of each but not both on the same car.
This is a secondary alert: Virtually every car shows a visual indicator that the car is drifting out of lane. Early versus late warnings. Adjustable audible warning levels. Some cars let you adjust the loudness of the warning. With lane keep assist and lane centering assist, the car steers back into lane. You can always overcome the automatic steering by turning the wheel harder than the car does. Some people, not many, will believe the force required is too high.
LDW automatically turned on at each startup? You can disable lane departure warning. Some remember when you turn it off. Some LDW systems recognizes the edge of the highway as different and more dangerous than just drifting into the next lane.
Acura pioneered road departure mitigation. The most common LDW system is a camera mounted high up in the windshield, often as part of the rear view mirror mounting block. It captures a moving view of the road ahead as much as feet ahead. The digitized image is parsed for straight or dashed lines — the lane markings. As the car deviates and approaches or reaches the lane marking, the driver gets a warning: When the car reaches the lane marking, the car nudges itself away from the marker, sort of like bouncing off the walls in Pac-Man.
Sometimes the steering change is effected by braking the opposite front wheel and the car pivots back into the lane. The car can also move you back by turning the steering wheel. For instance, the automaker uses a rear-facing camera to watch the lane markings behind the car, such as Nissan.
That seems counterintuitive and possibly slower in adapting to a curved road ahead. Not so, say automakers, and besides, most often lane departure warning is used on fairly straight roads. Mazda uses an audible alert but rather than beep, the car speakers play a synthesized rumble strip sound.
Subaru Eyesight employs stereo cameras set about a foot geelcore, on either side of the rear view mirror. Hand the video feed to a pattern and optical character recognition algorithm and the car can tell you the posted speed limit, a temporary construction speed limit, or an accident or fog alert from an overhead sign.
This capability is only on a handful of cars. Europe has a head start on the Cnotrol because its common signage made it easier gelcroe recognize a traffic sign from a billboard or a message on the back of the truck ahead.
Posted speed limited information is on many navigation systems now lne all automakers show it. If the car has telematics, temporary speed limits could also be sent to the car. So, theoretically, you could set cruise control on highways to the current speed plus, say, 7 mph. This has potential in combination with a telematics system that sends traffic light information including when the light ahead is due to change phase that is, green to yellow conyrol red, or red to green.
Lane departure warning and blind-spot detection.
These two features, lane departure warning and blind spot detection, are often bundled in a package. If your turn signal is off, it alerts you. Blind lanee detection has sonar or radar gelcre that look back and to the side. It alerts you to cars coming up quickly into your blind spot. The warning on your outside mirror, or on the A-pillar, is for a car in your blind spot. An icon showing two cars side-by-side lights up in the mirror.
You get a haptic or audible alert only if your turn signal is on, the opposite of what happens with a lane departure warning. Also, the lighted side mirror icon flashes. No gelclre vision system is perfect. Lane departure warning works less capably in rain or snow, and it will shut down, sending an alert to the driver, when visibility is limited. On highway exits where the markings veer off, the system has to rely on the single lane marking that remains oane also scan the road ahead for where the right-side marking picks up again.
This is markedly better than five years ago, though. LDW works less lahe when lane markings are old, or when the lane markings are raised dots, rather than foot painted stripes. A vigorous program to renew road surface markings before they fade would benefit machine vision systems such as LDW, benefit drivers with so-so eyesight, and benefit all drivers in rainy weather.
In the scheme of optional driver-assistance aids, lane departure warning ranks near the top in importance with blind spot detection in improving safety. If it chose one, it would be blind spot detection.
But with the Trump administration looking for fewer, not more, rules, it may not come to pass in the next four years. Lane departure warning makes sense if you drive a lot of highway miles.
Lane keep assist makes more sense to keep you from drifting across lanes, and lane centering assist is better still. One bedrock assumption about lane departure warning is that LDW provides peace of mind, reduces accidents, and cuts down on fatalities and serious accidents.
But is it true? Inthe Controol Information for Highway Safety, a group supported by the insurance industry, said LDW could prevent 7, fatal accidents. One theory was that driver assists made drivers overly confident contorl they drove beyond their abilities.
Since then, more research has shown contfol cars with driver assists generally have fewer accidents.
More interesting was a recent IIHS survey of drivers in Virginia and Maryland that showed two-thirds had lane departure warning disabled. It would be helpful to break out LDW use in cars with haptic silent versus audible alerts.
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Lane contrl warning systems all work pretty well. Here are my recommendations based on driving more than cars with driver assists including lane departure warning:. Having lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control or at least forward collision alert may save foolish drivers.
Someone who tries to write a text while rolling along will probably be saved from his or her foolishness: Let the driver ahead hit the brakes and your car brakes automatically, too. This is not how lane departure warning and adaptive cruise are supposed to be used: For drivers who want to add lane departure warning electronics to their cars, devices exist, both as phone apps and dash-top devices that sometimes combine a traffic camera, navigation, FCW, and LDW.
Also, they alert you every time you change lanes intentionally, since they have no way of knowing your turn signal is on. Home Electronics How does lane departure warning work?
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