The Mahindra XUV700 has shaken the entire SUV space in India with its styling, equipment list and punchy powertrain options. However, the aspect which has amazed a lot of people is the set of autonomous driving assistance systems (ADAS) it is being offered with. The XUV700 has become one of the most affordable SUVs in India to get ADAS as standard, which has been a cherry on the extensively long equipment list.
Being a new technology for the masses, a lot of people have been curious about how ADAS works in the real world and how much it is effective on the Indian roads, which are filled with uncertainties like potholes, speed breakers, unpredictable traffic and stray animals. Here is a video that shows a couple of ADAS features of the Mahindra XUV700 working in peak traffic on the Indian roads.
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In a YouTube video uploaded by a channel called ‘Jojo Wheelie’, the presenter shows how adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist work in the new Mahindra XUV700. The person here is driving a petrol-automatic XUV700 during night hours on the urban roads with a decent amount of traffic around.
XUV700 ADAS working at night
Firstly, the presenter shows how adaptive cruise control of the XUV700 works. In the video, we can see that the feature is working flawlessly in the new XUV700. The driver turns on the adaptive cruise control system and sets a particular speed. Depending on the movement of the car going ahead of him, the SUV is decelerating and accelerating on its with a sufficient amount of progression. However, as expected, the system is only an assisting feature, which requires some input from the driver in the form of steering the vehicle, whereas the acceleration and braking are taken care of by the SUV700 itself.
Here, the driver is also showing the working of the lane keep assist feature of the XUV700. The SUV manages to maintain its path in a lane, given the lane markings on the road ahead. Whenever the driver makes a turn, the lane-keep assist goes off, suggesting that the system is working properly in the XUV700.
This video is good enough to eliminate a couple of doubts of the common masses about the ADAS. Firstly, the functioning of ADAS is independent of the driving hours – it works equally good in both daytime and night hours. Secondly, ADAS can be operated for the city roads as well, and not only open stretches of highways. However, to enjoy the best of ADAS, you can use it only when there is not too heavy traffic around you.
Apart from the adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist, the Mahindra XUV700 is equipped with many other ADAS features like high beam assist, traffic sign recognition, automatic emergency braking, driver drowsiness system and blind-spot assist. However, the ADAS features are available only in the top-spec AX7 variant of the XUV700, which is offered in all the possible engine and gearbox combinations the XUV700 is available with.
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