Walter Hagleinter, an adviser on transportation to governments around
the globe and an the world’s leading expert on advanced driver
assistance and safety (ADAS) systems, claims in a market report he
prepared for Safe Drive Systems that there are no substantial
differences between active and passive vehicular safety systems and that
it is far from certain that the market is ready for the former.
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“At this point in time, many countries are just not yet ready for active
safety systems on the roads,” Hagleinter says. “In another five years or
so it will be obligatory to install active systems in vehicles in
Europe, but the required parameters have not yet been addressed by
manufacturers, so there’s no reason to rush and push ahead before the
market is absolutely ready for it.”
Active systems automatically apply the brakes when a danger is
identified. Passive systems, in contrast, only warn drivers when they
sense an impending danger. This early warning affords drivers time to
react and avoid a collision on their own. Therefore, they assist and
educate drivers how to drive correctly and cautiously on the roads.
The latest generation of active systems, which are installed in vehicles
by car manufacturers, automatically apply the brakes when an accident
occurs. But their reaction time is shorter, since they are activated the
moment before the collision. In comparison, passive systems provide a
longer reaction time, which allows drivers to prepare themselves
Moreover, in the event of a “false positive,” an active system will
still apply the brakes, raising the risk of an accident. A passive
system will not do that. “For all these reasons, passive systems provide
a significant added value,” Hagleitner argues. “Replacing an existing
passive system for one an active one will not necessarily yield an
additional decrease in the percentage of accidents.”
Hagleinter, who founded ADAS Management Consulting, has more than 40
years’ experience in the transportation sector. He states that since
ADAS and navigation control systems were first introduced about 20 years
ago, the data has shown that they have successfully proven their
effectiveness, they clearly have made roads safer, more functional and
more comfortable, and have significantly reduced the number of accidents.
Hagleinter notes that while Mobileye is one of the market’s performance
pioneers in existing passive systems, its solution is based solely on
cameras. In contrast, Safe Drive Systems (SDS) is the only company that
offers a system combining radar technology with cameras, which maximizes
effective performance even at night and under adverse weather
conditions. All these systems can be installed both in brand new
vehicles and “aftermarket” automobiles.
“Considering all the parameters of system layout and influences over
driver behavior leads to the conclusion that passive systems are even
more beneficial than active ones,” Hagleitner concludes. “And they also
lead to better drivers and driving.”
Safe Drive Systems was established in 2008 with a simple mission – to
stop fatal collisions and save lives. The company is a leading developer
and distributor of affordable aftermarket collision avoidance systems.
Our technology is specifically designed to prevent or greatly reduce the
severity of frontal collisions, which cause 90% of vehicle fatalities
according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Headquartered in New York, the company, along with its Israeli
subsidiary, has deployed over 100,000 systems worldwide.