Mahindra XUV700 is one of the most popular SUVs in its segment. It is the most technologically advanced Mahindra SUV ever built. It was the first SUV in its segment to offers level 2 ADAS features like adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking and so on. All these features are offered with the higher variants of the XUV700. There are several videos that demonstrate how useful, these features can actually be while driving on Indian roads. Lately, however we have been seeing videos of several people misusing this feature. Here we have a video of an XUV700 owner who sleeps in the moving car to create awareness.
The video has been uploaded by Raasta2Explore on their YouTube channel. In this video, the owner of a Mahindra XUV700 with ADAS features can be seen driving the SUV on a straight expressway. The driver can be heard saying in the video that he has been driving on the road for some time and his car’s instrument cluster has also asked him to take a break. The driver ignored the notification and continued to drive. It is a straight road with less vehicles on it. The driver decides to engage adaptive cruise control feature in the XUV700 and along with that, he has also activated the lane keep assist feature.
He takes his feet away from the pedals and removes the hand from the steering wheel. Driver is then seen talking on the camera about the feature. If he wants, he can take rest and the car would maintain the lane and speed. It would also brake in case, a vehicle comes in front. The driver demonstrates the same and then he starts talking about how this is a very covenient feature and no one should misuse it. The car surely has some advanced features but, it is to assist the driver. It is the driver who is driving the car and not the car driving on its own.
These features are offered with cars to minimise accidents. By engaging the ADAS features and completley relying on it is also not recommended. This system uses radar camera and sensors placed in front of the car to detect the surrounding. These can fail at any point of time and that would lead to an accident very easily. Cattle on road is a common thing in many Indian highways, if an animal comes in front of the car the ADAS feature won’t be able to bring the car to a stop very easily. It might not even detect an object on the road and would simply hit it and lead to an accident.
If the driver has his eyes on the road, he can at least, steer the vehicle away from the animal, if he cannot stop it. Even if the ADAS feature manages to bring the car to a halt the car coming from the rear might hit your vehicle as your vehicle stopped abruptly. In order to avoid such situations, it is always recommended to use ADAS features carefully. Recently we have seen videos of people playing chess, ludo and even having food in the car with their hands & feet off the steering wheels and pedal while ADAS features where engaged. The driver in this video mentions that he does not promote such activities and he did the same in the video only to create awareness among drivers.