Driver assistance systems, also known as ADAS, determine the appearance and cost of cars.
Those who were pinning their hopes on the creation of an affordable city four-wheeler, in the Chinese manufacturers, will probably be disappointed. This is because the cars sold in China mainly belong to the larger categories, while the development of a small model from scratch, exclusively for the European market, cannot justify the cost of such an investment.
In addition, as an executive of a Chinese company commented to us, the driver assistance systems, the ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems), that equip today's cars, disproportionately burden the cost of such a model.
Many question the usefulness of said electronics in a car that primarily moves around town. But who will enter such a conversation, when road safety issues are such a sensitive issue? Which company, too, would risk a low score in its famous evaluation EuroNCAP; Cbecause even a car with excellent characteristics in its body structure, can lose two or even three stars due to the absence of some (non-mandatory) driver assistance systems.
In any case, the result of all this development is that the prospective buyer of an “A” category car will rather resort to a used one, which anyway lacks safety systems, or even worse, a microcar, τwhich is a question of whether it will have ABS or driver's airbag.
As the only exception of a company that resists the pursuit of stars, we can consider it Dacia, which in order to keep the prices of its products low, it avoids… “useless features”as the company's product manager had said about it two years ago, to add: “A five-star EuroNCAP rating means a lot of electronics, radars, cameras in the car, things our customers didn't ask for and aren't ready to use. Five star cars are so complicated sometimes that drivers don't know how to use them».
Really interesting approach, which has even been rewarded in the sales field, however we can't imagine how long a company will be able to go down this road amid increasing pressure from environmental and safety legislation.
Just recently its CEO Dacia stated that the next generation of its cars will be equipped with adaptive cruise control. And that's because with the new mandatory driver assistance systems, like it or not, all the company's models will now be equipped with a series of specialized sensors. They, in turn, will be able to ensure additional features, such as those that customers never asked for…
For those, however, who reminisce about some earlier eras of motoring, perhaps they are not wrong, as all the creative minds of the car industry, as they admit in their private conversations, are now spent fulfilling directives written by Brussels bureaucrats…_M.S.