Last week, we installed the passive safety system Movon in my vehicle. Let me first explain what this little device can do and how it works:
The system consists of:
- Camera fitted to the windscreen and
- A screen attached to the dashboard.
The camera records all the events on the road in front of the vehicle, including the identification of traffic signs, the measurement of the safety distance, and the detection if vehicle departs lanes unintentionally. Based on this information, the screen alerts you with sound and pictorial warnings on:
- Vehicle detection in front,
- Too small safety distance,
- Possibility of forward collision with cyclist, pedestrian or vehicle
- Excessive speed, based on the read limitations
- Unintentional lane departure
The system therefore works very much like its older Israeli brother Mobileye , with the difference that Movon alerts you when standing in the column and the vehicle is moving ahead of you. In addition, the Movon has a built-in memory card that stores recordings of driving for the last 3 days, and separately all the shots where the g-sensor is turned on (very rapid braking and other similar dangerous situations).
More about system's functions in the video below:
Before the first ride with new system, I learned about the types of alerts and the dangers of which were highlighted by various audible alerts. Then followed the first ride.
The first warning for lane departure appeared, the second, the third ... and a quite a lot more after that. Alerts for forward collision, pedestrian collision or safety distance didn’t appear so often. Which obviously means that I have sufficient safety distance and do not use sudden acceleration and braking.
But, the warning for the lane departure was a completely different story. This warning was turned on every few minutes, if not seconds. There was no big difference if I was driving on regional road, highway or city. Apparently, I tend to leave my lane quite often. In addition, when driving on the highway, I noticed that I didn’t use blinkers when changing the lanes, so the alerts for lane departure keept appearing.
Based on the information obtained by AMZS, such unintentional lane departures are one of the most common causes of accidents with serious consequences.
Quite terrifying! Frankly, before using a security system that would alert me about the unintentional lane departures, I was not aware that I was doing that so often.
After a couple of days of driving with new assistant, I began to use blinkers more consistently and I tried harder to stay on my lane. After a week, my driving style has been slightly corrected, and the alerts for lane departure now appear for at least 30% less than (by my estimates).
In the future, I will continue to improve my driving style, especially at the mentioned point about lane departure. I will report with new results in a month, when I will also share some of the videos that my cam recorded while driving in Ljubljana Ring.