The US Department of Transportation has launched a new series of safety videos demonstrating the potential lifesaving benefits of advanced driver assistance systems available in many new vehicles.

The videos, which feature Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained, cover four technologies; rear automatic braking, blind spot intervention, lane keeping assistance and automatic high beams. There is also a four-part summary video discussing blind spot warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian automatic emergency braking.

“Understanding what advanced driver assistance technologies can and cannot do for the driver is critical to everyone’s safety,” said Dr Steven Cliff, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Acting Administrator. “We’re providing the driving public with knowledge about the safety benefits of these technologies.”

Through his YouTube channel Engineering Explained, Jason Fenske uses his background as a mechanical engineer to help consumers learn about cars and how they work.

The videos can be viewed on the NHTSA website.