Car Safety Technologies Continue to AdvanceApril 17, 2019
Airbags and anti-lock brakes used to be the gold standard in car safety. However, as time and technology have both progressed, the safety features on cars have changed by leaps and bounds.
Many of these advanced safety features are more than just a luxury item. Most buyers now can expect the latest safety features in an increasing number of new cars.
According to a 2015 survey by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), there were 7,700 fewer driver deaths in 2012 than there would have been from car accidents had vehicle technology not advanced so much since 1985.
The following are five of the top safety features of today:
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Adaptive cruise control (ACC) utilizes sensors and radar to locate the vehicle in front of yours and help you to maintain a safe distance from it.
This means that it automatically maintains a set speed with the car in front of yours, slows if it starts to decelerate, and reaccelerates to that set speed with enough space between cars. If the ACC senses that a collision is imminent it will also heavily brake and tighten the seatbelts for protection.
Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
Somewhat similar to adaptive cruise control in employing sensors and radar, a car with AEB will start braking for the driver automatically if it senses a possible collision and the driver does not react. The IIHS has shown that rear-end collisions are reduced by half when a vehicle is equipped with AEB.
Blind Spot Detection
Blind spot detection warns you when vehicles are approaching you from behind on either side. This helps drivers to know a car is present before looking over their shoulder. The system works by the presence of lights on the side-view mirrors when someone is in your blind spot.
Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist Systems
Lane departure warning will sound an alarm or vibrate the steering wheel to let the driver know that they are crossing over the white lines or leaving the lane they are currently in. Lane keep assist or lane departure mitigation systems take this a step further to help automatically steer you back into your lane should you begin to drift out of it.
Rearview cameras work to allow drivers to see exactly what is behind them when reversing, and to prevent injury to those walking behind them. As of 2018, all vehicles are required to be equipped with these camera systems.
Technology Continues to Advance
Vehicle technology continues to change. Just one form of technology expected on most new cars within the next five years is facial recognition software. This software determines whether or not a driver is actually paying attention. If detects that the driver’s level of alertness is low, a buzzer will sound.
There is a real possibility that down the line something more substantial will warn the driver to pay attention, such as a vibration of the driver’s seat.
More advanced safety technologies to reduce car accidents are being developed and deployed constantly.
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