Driver-Assistance Name Game: What Automakers Call Their ADAS Features

Advanced driver-assistance systems may make repairs more expensive, but they do have the potential to make roads safer. However, even the best car safety features aren’t invincible or perfect. And if drivers don’t understand how their ADAS features work, there can be fatal consequences. So, it doesn’t help when automakers call the same feature by different names. The guide below, though, should make things clearer.

What are ADAS features?

A gray Ford Mustang Mach-E demonstrating the Road Edge Detection driver-assistance feature
Ford Mustang Mach-E demonstrating the Road Edge Detection driver-assistance feature | Ford

Strictly speaking, ADAS features fall into the broad category of car safety features. And as their name implies, they assist the driver with operating a vehicle safely. But technically, things like traction control and ABS are driver-assistance features, too, Car and Driver says. So, what makes some of these features ‘advanced’?

Using traction control and ABS as examples, these safety features monitor your vehicle’s condition through sensor data. They don’t care what’s happening outside your car, just about its mechanical status. Advanced driver-assistance system features, on the other hand, actively monitor the surrounding environment and/or the driver, J.D. Power explains. That way, they can warn drivers about impending collisions and, in extreme cases, actively prevent them, the IIHS reports.

With that in mind, the following safety features are typically grouped into the ADAS category:

Some consider self-parking to be an advanced driver-assistance feature, J.D. Power notes. However, as neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA describes it as such, it won’t be listed in this guide.

Automakers often use different names for their ADAS features

Besides the state of technology, one major issue with ADAS features is driver confusion. Sometimes this stems from dealership employees not explaining these safety features properly. But as noted earlier, a significant factor is “confusing” automaker-specific terminology, Consumer Reports says.

Some brands refer to their driver-assistance features fairly plainly. Others, though, use trademarked terms or ‘buzzwords’ instead. So, if you’re shopping based on safety features, the table below should help (names sourced from automakers and MotorTrend).

BrandAutomatic emergency brakingAdaptive cruise controlAdaptive headlightsBlind-spot monitoringCollision warningCross-traffic alertLane-departure warningLane-keeping assist
AcuraCollision Mitigation Braking SystemAdaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed FollowAuto High-Beam HeadlightsBlind Spot Information System or Blind Spot AssistForward Collision Warning SystemRear Cross Traffic MonitorRoad Departure Mitigation System and Lane Departure Warning SystemLane Keeping Assist System
Alfa RomeoFull-Speed Forward Collision Warning PlusAdaptive Cruise Control with Stop and GoAutomatic High-Beam Headlamp ControlActive Blind Spot AssistForward Collision WarningRear Cross Path SystemLane Departure WarningLaneSense Lane Keep Assist
AudiAudi Pre Sense Front/CityAdaptive Cruise AssistHigh Beam AssistAudi Side AssistPedestrian and Stationary Vehicle DetectionAudi Pre Sense Rear or Rear Collision DetectionLane Departure WarningActive Lane Assist
BMWEmergency Brake AssistDistance Control or Adaptive Cruise ControlAutomatic High BeamsActive Blind Spot DetectionFrontal Collision WarningCross-Traffic Alert FrontLane Departure WarningActive Lane Keeping Assistant
Buick(Enhanced) Automatic Emergency Braking or Front Pedestrian BrakingAdaptive Cruise ControlAutomatic On/Off HeadlampsSide Blind Zone AlertForward Collision AlertRear Cross Traffic AlertLane Change Alert and Lane Departure WarningLane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
Cadillac(Enhanced) Automatic Emergency Braking or Front Pedestrian BrakingAdaptive Cruise ControlIntellibeam Auto High-Beam AssistSide Blind Zone AlertForward Collision AlertRear Cross Traffic Alert or Rear Pedestrian AlertLane Change Alert and Lane Departure WarningLane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
Chevrolet(Enhanced) Automatic Emergency Braking or Front Pedestrian BrakingAdaptive Cruise ControlIntellibeam Auto High-Beam AssistSide Blind Zone AlertForward Collision AlertRear Cross-Traffic AlertLane Departure WarningLane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
ChryslerFull-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active BrakingAdaptive Cruise Control with Stop and GoAutomatic High-Beam Headlamp ControlBlind Spot Monitoring or Blind Spot DetectionFull-Speed Forward-Collision WarningRear Cross Path DetectionLaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist or Lane Departure Warning PlusLaneSense Lane Keep Assist
DodgeFull-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active BrakingAdaptive Cruise Control with Stop and GoAutomatic High-Beam Headlamp ControlBlind Spot Monitoring or Blind Spot DetectionFull-Speed Forward-Collision WarningRear Cross Path DetectionLaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist or Lane Departure Warning PlusLaneSense Lane Keep Assist
FiatFull-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active BrakingAdaptive Cruise Control or Adaptive Speed ControlAutomatic High-Beam Headlamp ControlBlind Spot Monitoring or Blind Spot DetectionFull-Speed Forward Collision WarningRear Cross Path DetectionLaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist or Lane Departure Warning PlusLaneSense Lane Keep Assist
FordPre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency BrakingIntelligent Adaptive Cruise Control or Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane CenteringAuto High-Beam HeadlampsBlind Spot Monitoring or Blind Spot DetectionPre-Collision AssistCross-Traffic AlertLane Keeping AlertLane-Keeping System
GenesisAutomatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian DetectionSmart Cruise Control with Stop/StartHigh Beam AssistBlind Spot DetectionForward Collision-Warning AssistRear Cross-Traffic AlertLane Change Alert and Lane Departure WarningLane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist
GMC(Enhanced) Automatic Emergency BrakingAdaptive Cruise ControlIntellibeam Auto High Beam AssistSide Blind Zone AlertForward Collision AlertRear Cross-Traffic AlertLane Departure WarningLane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
HondaCollision Mitigation Braking SystemAdaptive Cruise ControlAuto High-Beam HeadlightsBlind Spot Information SystemForward Collision WarningCross Traffic MonitorRoad Departure Mitigation System and Lane Departure Warning SystemLane Keeping Assist System
HyundaiForward Collision-Avoidance AssistSmart Cruise ControlHigh Beam AssistBlind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist and Blind-Spot View MonitorForward Collision-Avoidance AssistRear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance AssistLane Keeping Assist with Lane Departure WarningLane Following Assist and Lane Keeping Assist
InfinitiForward Emergency BrakingIntelligent Cruise ControlAdaptive Front Lighting SystemBlind Spot Intervention SystemPredictive Collision WarningRear Cross-Traffic AlertLane Departure Prevention with Active Lane ControlLane Departure Prevention
JaguarHigh-Speed Emergency BrakingAdaptive Cruise Control with Queue AssistAdaptive Front Lighting SystemBlind Spot Monitor and Blind Spot AssistEmergency BrakingRear Traffic MonitorLane Departure WarningLane Keep Assist
KiaForward Collision-Avoidance Assist or Auto Emergency Braking & WarningSmart Cruise Control with Stop & GoHigh Beam AssistBlind-Spot Collision Warning and Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist with Blind-Spot View MonitorForward Collision-Avoidance AssistRear Cross-Traffic Collision WarningLane Keeping Assist with Lane Departure WarningLane Following Assist and Lane Keeping Assist
Land RoverHigh-Speed Emergency BrakingAdaptive Cruise ControlAdaptive Driving BeamBlind Spot AssistEmergency BrakingRear Collision Monitor and Rear Traffic MonitorLane Departure WarningLane Keep Assist
LexusPre-Collision System with Automatic Emergency BrakingDynamic Radar Cruise ControlIntelligent High BeamsBlind Spot MonitorPre-Collision System with Pedestrian DetectionRear Cross-Traffic AlertLane Departure AlertLane Keep Assist
LincolnPre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency BrakingAdaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-GoAuto High-Beam HeadlampsBlind Spot Detection and Blind Spot Information SystemPre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian DetectionCross-Traffic AlertLane-Keeping SystemLane Centering and Lane-Keeping System
MaseratiAutonomous Emergency BrakingAdaptive Cruise Control with Stop & GoAdaptive HeadlightsActive Blind Spot AssistForward Collision Warning PlusRear Cross PathLane Keeping AssistLane Keeping Assist
MazdaSmart Brake Support and Smart City Brake SupportMazda Radar Cruise ControlAdaptive LED Headlight and High-Beam Control SystemBlind Spot MonitoringForward Obstruction WarningRear Vehicle MonitoringLane Departure Warning SystemLane-Keep Assist System
Mercedes-BenzActive Brake AssistActive Distance Assist Distronic Cruise ControlAdaptive Highbeam Assist(Active) Blind Spot AssistCollision Prevention Assist PlusRear Cross-Traffic AlertActive Lane Keeping AssistActive Lane Keeping Assist
MiniAutomatic Emergency BrakingAdaptive or Active Cruise ControlAdaptive HeadlightsBlind-Spot MonitoringPedestrian and Front Collision WarningRear Cross-Traffic AlertLane Departure WarningLane Keeping Assist
MitsubishiForward Collision Mitigation
and Rear Automatic Emergency Braking
Adaptive Cruise ControlAutomatic High BeamBlind Spot Warning and Active Blind Spot AssistForward Collision Mitigation with Pedestrian DetectionRear Cross-Traffic AlertLane Departure WarningLane Keep Assist
NissanAutomatic Emergency Braking and Rear Automatic Emergency BrakingIntelligent Cruise ControlHigh Beam AssistBlind Spot WarningAutomatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian DetectionRear Cross-Traffic AlertLane Departure WarningProPilot Lane Keeping Assist
PolestarEmergency Stop AssistAdaptive Cruise ControlActive High BeamBlind Spot Information System with Steering AssistAdaptive Cruise Control and Pilot AssistRear Collision Warning & Mitigation and Cross Traffic Alert with Auto BrakeLane Keeping AidLane Keeping Aid and Pilot Assist
PorscheCollision and Brake AssistAdaptive Cruise ControlPorsche Dynamic Light System PlusBlind-Spot Monitoring and Lane Change AssistCollision and Brake AssistRear Cross-Traffic Alert with Rear Turn AssistLane Departure WarningLane Keeping Assist
RamForward Collision Warning with Active BrakingAdaptive Cruise Control with Stop and GoAdaptive HeadlightsBlind Spot MonitoringForward Collision Warning with Active BrakingRear Cross Path and Trailer DetectionLaneSense Lane Departure WarningLaneSense Lane Keep Assist
SubaruPre-Collision BrakingAdaptive Cruise ControlLED Steering Responsive Headlights with High Beam AssistBlind-Spot Detection and Lane Change AssistPre-Collision BrakingRear Cross-Traffic AlertLane Departure and Sway WarningLane Keep Assist
TeslaAutomatic Emergency BrakingTraffic-Aware Cruise ControlAdaptive HeadlightsBlind Spot Collision WarningForward Collision WarningRear Cross-Traffic AlertLane Departure AvoidanceLane-Keeping Assist
ToyotaPre-Collision System with Pedestrian DetectionDynamic Radar Cruise ControlAutomatic High BeamsBlind Spot MonitorPre-Collision System with Pedestrian DetectionRear Cross-Traffic AlertLane Departure AlertLane Tracing Assist
VolkswagenAutonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist)Adaptive Cruise ControlHigh Beam Control (Light Assist)Active Blind Spot MonitorForward Collision Warning and Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist)Rear Traffic AlertLane Departure Warning (Lane Assist)Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist)
VolvoCity Safety Collision Avoidance TechnologyAdaptive Cruise ControlActive HeadlampsBlind Spot Information SystemCollision Warning with Pedestrian DetectionCross-Traffic Alert and Rear Collision WarningOncoming Lane MitigationLane Keeping Aid

Partial-autonomy suites build on this technology

To make things easier on customers, automakers sometimes bundle their ADAS features into a single ‘suite.’ Toyota, for example, calls its suite Safety Sense, while Honda offers Honda Sensing and Subaru sells EyeSight. And Tesla, infamously, has AutoPilot, which leads to an important point.

Driver-assistance features, ADAS or otherwise, don’t make cars partially autonomous on their own. They have to be linked with additional features and software before they can get to Level 2 on the SAE scale. For instance, Ford’s Co-Pilot360 suite has multiple ADAS features, but it requires an additional Prep Package to offer Level 2 partial-autonomy. Ditto with GM’s SuperCruise—it uses adaptive cruise control but is more than just that.

Navigating a safety spec sheet is difficult enough without having to keep multiple names in your head. But hopefully, this guide makes your next car shopping decision easier.

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