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Timeline: Milestones in ADAS Before 2010

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What is ADAS?

ADAS stands for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and is a  mix of 12 technologies that work with help from three sensors including RADAR, LiDAR and CAMERA.  The systems work together to help make cars drive safer and drive more independently, according to SNECI


Evolution of ADAS


Modern cruise control was invented by Ralph Teetor. His device was called the Speedostat and was made up of a dashboard speed selector connected to an engine compartment mechanism running off the drive shaft.



Daniel Wisner patented electronic cruise control. Wisner’s invention uses electric pulses to keep a vehicle moving at a constant speed, and to maintain that speed when the car goes up and down inclines. 



Adaptive cruise control is invented by William Chundrlik and Pamela Labuhn. An adaptive cruise system for a vehicle maintains a desired selected operator-set speed in the absence of a detected preceding target vehicle and adjusts the vehicle speed when a target vehicle is detected to maintain a following distance that is set by the vehicle operator. 



Hughes Research Laboratories and Delco Electronics showcased a radar-based forward collision avoidance system. Collision avoidance systems utilize a computer operated system comprised of radar, laser, and/or video technology to predict whether or not the vehicle is at risk for a collision.



General Motors (GM) founded OnStar, the first embedded telematics system. 



OnStar systems switched to a digital platform and offered more means of data processing and communication.



Volvo introduces City Safety Automatic Emergency Braking.  The Volvo X60 was the first car to be launched with standard-fit AEB.


Volvo launches pedestrian detection with full auto brake. The system uses radar and cameras to warn a driver if somebody steps out in front of the car, and then brakes automatically if the driver fails to.

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