Volvo driving school

Relearning to Drive with Volvo

First of all, I love a driving school. I’ve taken on-track, off-road, rally, and autocross lessons as part of my job. But this time, I took lessons in driving at normal speeds in a normal car. It was not normal. Volvo is trying out its Advanced Driving Course as a pilot program during the press…

ADAS in a Volvo

Are Cars Too Autonomous, or Not Autonomous Enough?

Way back in 2016, as manufacturers were rolling out the first automatic driver assistance systems (ADAS), everyone was eager to call them autonomous features. Look, everybody! THE FUTURE. Then Tesla‘s system, which was actually and misleadingly called Autopilot, was implicated in a fatal crash when the driver repeatedly ignored the car’s requests for him to put…

2016 Acura TLX ACC controls

How to Use: Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is showing up in more new cars at showrooms, and it’s not just on the fancy cars. As the sensors become cheaper, ACC is making its way into cars in the middle of the price range. ACC is dead simple, and once you start using it, you’ll turn it on every…

2017 Acura TLX ADAS

Why ADAS Matters in an Emergency

On January 6, a man died in a car crash in Portland, Oregon. His wife, the only passenger in the car, was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. As in most cities, this was sad and unfortunate, but not unusual. There are more than 35,000 traffic fatalities a year in the United States.…

HUD in a 2016 Mercedes-Benz

Should I Want a Heads-Up Display?

Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Heads-up display technology is new, but not cutting-edge and not even particularly high-tech. As of late 2016, though, it’s not in that many cars. Sometimes, when people hear that the car projects information onto the windshield, they wonder if it’ll block your view and make driving more dangerous or distracted.…

How to Use: Blind Spot Monitoring

Blind spot monitoring systems are not the hottest of technologies. A lot of cars have sensors that detect vehicles in your blind spot, that tricky space just off your left rear fender. You wouldn’t think a pickup truck or, in my case one time, a COP CAR could hide there. But they can. The problem…

ADAS in a Volvo

Older Drivers Totally Get This ADAS Thing

Maybe it’s time to let the jokes about old people and technology go. A recent survey by Hartford insurance of adults over the age of 50 showed that they know what advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are and what the point of these systems. These drivers are looking for blind spot warnings, crash mitigation, lane…