5G As the successor to fourth-generation networks, the fifth-generation network standard is expected to deliver higher bandwidth and eventually download speeds of up to 10 Gbps. The 5G networks will allow vehicles to wirelessly communicate more efficiently with other cars, traffic signals, and roadside vehicle-specific equipment making their ADAS systems more efficient and effective. Back […]

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) uses the vehicle’s radar sensors and camera to maintain a safe following distance from the traffic ahead. Along with maintaining a programmed traveling speed as with traditional cruise control, ACC will also adjust the cruising speed based on a preset gap. In stop and go traffic, certain systems […]

Adaptive Light Control

ADAPTIVE LIGHT CONTROL Adaptive light control automatically adjusts the headlights to improve the driver’s vision at night while avoiding limiting the view of other drivers. Using the forward-facing camera, the system detects oncoming headlights and taillights to automatically switch from high beams to low beams. When traffic has cleared, the adaptive light control switches the […]


ADAS Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are a combination of technologies to improve occupant safety by providing the driver with audio, visual, and other alerts to warn them to an approaching hazard. If the driver does not take sufficient corrective actions to avoid a potential hazard, or if a collision is unavoidable, ADAS technology can […]


ADASIS Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Interface Specifications are the future standards for access to predictive data to enhance ADAS systems developed by representatives of the automotive industry. Back to the Glossary


Aftermarket Equipment that is not included in the vehicle when it is originally purchased. Aftermarket parts are not produced by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Here is a helpful resource that covers some of the differences between OEM and aftermarket parts. Back to the Glossary

Anti-lock Braking System

Anti-Lock Braking System An anti-lock braking system (ABS) prevents the vehicle’s wheels from locking up, allowing for better handling and steering during a hazardous situation. Wheel rotation sensors detect when the tires begin to lock up. When the system detects this, the brakes rapidly apply and release to slow the vehicle while maintaining control. Back […]

Assisted Night Vision

Assisted Night Vision Assisted night vision uses a thermal camera or active infrared lighting to capture images and displays them to the driver. Assisted night vision detects humans and animals that are not easily visible in low light situations. Back to the Glossary

Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic Emergency Braking Automatic Emergency Braking applies the vehicle’s brakes to avoid or lessen the damage from a collision. The AEB system uses the vehicle’s radar sensors and the cameras to monitor the proximity of other cars, pedestrians, or hazards in the vehicle’s path. If an obstacle is detected in the vehicle’s path, the system […]

Automatic Headlight Control

Automatic Headlight Control Automatic headlight control turns on the vehicle’s headlights in low light conditions such as at night or when entering a tunnel. When no traffic is present, and road conditions are dark, the system will also switch to high beams. Back to the Glossary

Automatic Parking Systems

Automatic Parking Systems Automatic parking systems are designed to assist the driver with parking the vehicle in a parallel or perpendicular space. System functions vary between vehicles; some automatically perform the entire job from finding the parking space to parking the car, while others steer the vehicle while instructing the driver to operate the accelerator, […]

Autonomous Vehicle

Autonomous Vehicle A fully autonomous vehicle is capable of driving with no intervention from the driver. However, there are different levels of autonomy, as defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Under no circumstances should drivers assume the current advanced safety systems in their vehicle count as fully-autonomous features. Back to the Glossary