ADAS Can Present Challenges to Security Drivers

The following is an excerpt from the Security Driver Journal “Navigating the Challenges of ADAS in Secure Transportation.”

Most executive vehicles are equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), which are controlled by algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that takes input and produces the desired output. The ADAS algorithm takes input from the driver and decides when to take control of the vehicle. This happens when the algorithm determines that the driver is operating the vehicle unsafely.

However, in a security scenario, the driver may need to deviate from the path the ADAS wants to take, causing potential issues.

ADAS Does Not Prioritize Security Over Safety

The International Security Driver Association (ISDA) has repeatedly stated that the ADAS does not prioritize security concerns. Instead, it makes decisions based on what the algorithm considers safe for the vehicle. 

According to a review by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, ADAS will likely reduce accidents involving passenger vehicles, preventing 40% of all accidents, 37% of injuries, and 29% of deaths. Security Drivers must be familiar with every ADAS feature and how it affects secure driving. 

Get Familiar with the Effects of ADAS Features

“When the words “assists,” “limits,” “automatically controls,” and “applies brakes” appear in the ADAS definition, they could present security issues, and drivers should be aware of these functions. “When the words “assists,” “limits,” “automatically controls,” and “applies brakes” appear in the ADAS definition, they could present security issues, and drivers should be aware of these functions. 

If rental vehicles are used, it is essential to understand the ADAS that comes with them, which can be accomplished by researching the vehicle’s safety features online.

For a list of ADAS that can present challenges to Security Drivers, please see this reference. 

Additionally, Joe Autera’s book “The Professional’s Guide to Planning, Managing, and Providing Secure Transportation,” Chapter 13, provides valuable insights on this topic.

Additional Resources

For those with an interest in Security Driving, Secure Transportation, or Executive Protection, the International Security Driver Association (ISDA) offers several resources worth considering.

One option is to subscribe to the ISDA’s LinkedIn Newsletter, “Security Driver Journal,” a twice-monthly educational email publication that contains articles written specifically for the Security Driver/Secure Transportation community. This resource provides continuing education and benchmark research to help improve your skillset and advance your business.

Another resource is the ISDA’s YouTube channel, which features playlists containing videos covering topics such as Case Studies of Vehicle Attacks, Security Driving, Armored Vehicles, and the Business of Security.

Those interested in connecting with other professionals in the industry can also follow the ISDA’s LinkedIn page, which provides educational content on various topics related to Security Driving and Secure Transportation, including Armored Vehicles, Secure Transportation Business Metrics and Data, Surveillance Detection, The Change in Executive Vehicles, and Case Studies, Including Lessons Learned.

Lastly, visitors can check out the ISDA Store for hats, t-shirts, decals, and other merchandise related to the organization and secure transportation.