When you're convinced that NexCruise gives a lot of value and benefits, safety is the next logical query that comes to mind.
This article talks about all the mechanisms that are built into NexCruise to ensure failsafe behaviour.
The best things first
Here are some facts!
Before getting into the details, we're proud to tell you that:
As of Feb 2023, NexCruise has clocked more than 20 Lakh kms across India, in all terrains, seasons, geographies and driving conditions!
All the features that we share in this article have undergone and passed the seasoning, and the test of time. When you power your car with the NexCruise, rest assured on the robustness of the system, and in the fact that right at this moment, NexCruise is working in many, many cars across the nation and delivering next level convenience and fuel economy to the owners!
A foundation of transparency
Many NexCruise owners are connected on a friendly open, peer-to-peer NexCruise owners group on telegram. Handle is @nexcruise. You can just go there and initiate a discussion with your thoughts and queries.
You'll be happy to know that this group is created and moderated by NexCruise customers themselves!
Safety levels in NexCruise
NexCruise is safe by design.
We have architected NexCruise to be a slave to the car's ECU. It can be always overridden by the smallest user action.
NexCruise has three levels of built-in safety:
System level safety
This safety comes inherently due to the architecture of NexCruise. It is a slave to the ECU by-design, and cannot override any essential control of the car.
Every car is designed in such a way that the brake takes precedence above every other input.
NexCruise modulates the Accelerator pedal signal. That's all.
So, if you press the brake, the ECU just stops the car. Irrespective of the signal coming from the A-pedal.
When you press the brake, the ECU of your car overrides any signal that the NexCruise might be sending, and stops the car.
This safety is the "ultimate line of defense". In real life however, this level never needs to come in picture, because NexCruise itself employs the following two layers of safety.
Hardware level safety
The Hardware of NexCruise is designed in such a way that it can never give potentially dangerous commands to the car.
- The A-pedal signal that the NexCruise gives to the car can never be too large, and is limited by hardware.
- NexCruise employs a patent-pending isolation technique, so that the unwanted outside-world signals can never be passed on to the A-pedal input of the car.
- Failure of dial doesn't result in any unwanted situation. There are multiple ways to cancel cruise.
- Hardware-level redundancy is built into the signals that go from NexCruise to the car. So a hardware failure will not go undetected and will not be mistaken for a correct command from the car.
- Intelligent design. For example, in vehicles having external brake sensor, if the sensor isn't mounted properly, or is absent, the cruise won't engage in the first place.
Even if everything else fails, it is possible to bypass the NexCruise and mobilise the car in a very short time.
Software level safety
NexCruise software deploys well-researched elements of a mission critical software architecture, which include:
Robust error detection
- Redundancy in input signal detection
- Vehicle communication error detection and handling
- Failsafe via Hardware watchdog
Ensuring full user control
- Cruise always cancels upon pressing brake. No matter what.
- All functions cancel upon stopping the car.
In reality, it is safer to drive the car WITH NexCruise installed, than without!
Safety that comes with the vehicle top speed limit feature
Do you know that overspeeding accounted for 70% of all road accidents that happened in India in 2021?
This is how safe NexCruise makes your drive! The maximum speed limiter feature, if used properly and comprehensively, enhances your safety by a huge margin.
Safety that comes with a proper cruise control feature
Likewise, in order to relieve themselves of long-drives related fatigue, people sometimes resort to "jugaad" cruise control methods like - believe it or not - putting a dead weight on accelerator pedal! Ask us. When we ask the question on why customers are going for NexCruise, we come across more hacks than we're comfortable listening to!
Hope that answers. If you'd like to talk about any of the above, or have any questions in mind, you're always welcome to speak to an Aha! Team member at 8003944400.