Advanced Driver Assistance Systems were first introduced to motor vehicles as far back as 1948 when cruise control was invented by mechanical engineer Ralph Teetor.
His idea came from being frustrated while riding in a car driven by his lawyer, who kept speeding up and slowing down as he talked.
Even before then, planes and trains implemented antilock braking systems (ABS) to allow stopping without skidding. Eventually this was implemented in cars as a critical safety feature and today ABS and cruise control are standard equipment on virtually all makes and models.
In the last decade there has been an exponential increase in the ADAS features being offered by car makers due to improvements in technology, an increased safety focus and a reduction in costs to implement such systems as standard features.