What is Buick Driver Confidence?

Jessica Shea Choksey | Nov 09, 2020

In the automotive industry, technology and safety go together. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are some of the best examples of this. These comprehensive collections of integrated safety features help to make the driver more aware of potential dangers on the road. ADAS exists to prevent or mitigate the impact of accidents and help achieve an overall safer driving experience.

Buick Driver Confidence

In general, ADAS operates by utilizing sensors, radar, and LiDAR (light detection and ranging) equipment to monitor a vehicle’s surroundings and then send visual, audible, and haptic cues to the driver, alerting them to potential hazards. Each automaker offers its own proprietary brand of ADAS, and Buick’s version is the appropriately named Buick Driver Confidence.

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Intended to elevate awareness and confidence in the driver, Buick Driver Confidence is a safety technology package that includes six primary features: forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assistance, a safe following distance indicator, and automatic high-beam headlights. 

Each feature has a specific function that either assists or alerts the driver in different situations. They’re detailed below, using the names Buick gives to each technology:

  • Front Collison Alert – Warns the driver with audible and visual cues when detecting a potential front-end collision with a vehicle or object ahead. This warning tells the driver to urgently apply the brakes to avoid impact.
  • Automatic Emergency Braking – Works in tandem with Forward Collision Alert to avoid or reduce the severity of a front-end collision with a vehicle or object ahead. Automatic Emergency Braking uses camera technology to either initiate braking or provide additional force to enhance the driver’s already-applied hard braking. It works at speeds under 50 mph.
  • Front Pedestrian Braking – Helps to avoid or reduce the severity of a front-end collision with a pedestrian. The system sends pedestrian alerts to the driver and can also initiate emergency braking. Front Pedestrian Braking works at speeds up to 50 miles per hour but has limited functionality in low-visibility and low-light situations.
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning – Uses haptic feedback in the form of a gentle steering wheel adjustment to alert the driver when the vehicle may be unintentionally drifting out of the current lane. The driver can then steer back safely into the lane. If needed, additional audible alerts will continue until the driver makes a steering correction. The system will not engage if the driver uses the turn signal or if it detects an intentionally sharp driver input to leave the lane.
  • Following Distance Indicator – Displays the gap time in seconds between your vehicle and the vehicle you’re following. The system determines if the two cars are a safe distance apart and helps the driver avoid tailgating. The intention is to encourage the driver to maintain a safe following distance.
  • Intellibeam – Automatically turns the vehicle’s high-beam headlights on and off based on the surrounding traffic conditions. It prevents shining the high beams into on-coming traffic and impeding the vision of drivers coming toward a Buick.

The Buick Driver Confidence package of safety systems is standard equipment on the 2021 Encore GX SUV, the 2021 Envision SUV, and the 2021 Enclave SUV (Premium and Avenir trims). It is also an optional package on the 2020 Buick Regal TourX wagon (Essence trim), 2020 Buick Regal Sportback sedan (Essence and Avenir trims), and the 2020 Regal GS sedan.

Buick is the source of information in this article. It was accurate on November 9, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.

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