Today’s vehicles are safer than and that is by no accident. Since the 1960s, car manufacturers have been continuously working to add more safety features to keep drivers and passengers alike, safer inside of automobiles. This process has become two-fold, beginning with trying to safeguard people in the event of an accident and now has transformed into using technology to help prevent them before they even happen. Below are some of the ways manufacturers continue on this quest by expanding on previous advancements and with exciting, new technology.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive cruise control is an intuitive technology that utilizes the cruise control already equipped in vehicles with sensors and computing power to adjust the speed of your vehicle to go faster or slower according to the speed of the vehicle in front of you. Advanced systems can even slow or stop your vehicle when needed in traffic jams and then accelerate for you as traffic allows.
Forward Collision Warning
These systems are designed to scan the road ahead to alert drivers of a hazard in the way in order to give them more time to attempt to avoid it. They do this with warning tones, haptic feedback and/or visual alerts to let you know there is danger ahead.
Automatic Emergency Braking
In conjunction, Automatic Emergency Braking systems alert drivers to the dangers of an imminent crash and helps apply maximum braking capacity of the car in order to avoid it. Sometimes referred to as Front Collision Warning Systems, this automation can vary between manufacturers as to what it detects, including other vehicles that are slowing, those that are stopped and with some, even pedestrians.
Blind Spot Detection
Blind Spot Detection utilizes radar sensors to monitor the area directly to the side of the vehicle and behind it, then alerts the driver that there is a vehicle in those locations in order to avoid a collision caused by changing lanes. The alert is commonly showcased with a yellow indicator in the side mirror, lit when it senses a car is in the blindspot and flashes if the turn signal has been activated.
Automatic High Beams
This innovative feature automatically switches your high beams to low when approaching another vehicle regardless if it is in the same lane ahead of you or coming towards you. Additionally, Automatic High Beams will turn your high beams back on after they have passed and no one is ahead of you any longer.
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist alerts drivers when their vehicle is crossing lane markings by audible, visual or haptic warnings and offers assistance with corrective steering and/or braking from the vehicle automatically.
Rear Cross Traffic Assist
This safety feature assists you while your vehicle is backing up and going less than 5mph. The Rear Cross Traffic Assist system does this by detecting other vehicles approaching from the right and left rear of the vehicle and give you a warning by flashing a warning indicator light in the side mirrors and giving a warning sound.
Rear Automatic Braking System
Rear Automatic Braking Systems help the driver avoid an accident by detecting stationary objects when backing up and gives warnings to the driver, even applying the brakes if necessary to avoid hitting them.
Lane Centering Assist
Lane centering is a similar safety feature to lane departure warning, but rather than simply warn the driver that they are crossing the lane edge, it keeps the car centered in the lane. Together with adaptive cruise control, this feature can allow unassisted driving for a few seconds.
Facial Recognition Software
Facial Recognition Software watches the driver’s face to make sure they have their eyes on the road and if the system detects an inattentive pilot, it will sound an alert and turn off the adaptive cruise control.
Post Collision Braking
This is a passive safety feature which automatically applies the brakes after it detects the airbag sensors have released and that a collision is occurring during the initial impact of a crash. By applying the brakes right away, the system prevents further damage and injury which could occur through the continuing motion of the vehicle due to the crash momentum.
It may sound straight out of a science fiction novel but Pre-safe Systems works to prepare and protect passengers in an accident, before it even happens. The system is able to sense when a collision is unavoidable thanks to sensors placed throughout the vehicle, which function with multiple other safety systems. Once an incoming collision is detected, the systems act to prepare you for it by tightening front seat belts, adjusting front head restraints and emitting a “pink sound” to prepare your eardrums for the loud sound of a crash.
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