Unlike in the past when a good car was determined by its power and speed, presently, and looking into the future, technological innovations for safety features that can prevent car accidents are becoming the yardstick by which everyone, but you in particular, judges cars. Economy and safety have taken the driver’s seat in deciding the direction of future car technologies. Technologies for active safety are pushing the industry into ensuring that integrated safety systems from seatbelts and airbags to braking and advanced warning become standard in both high-end and low-priced vehicles.
Future Innovations for Advanced Safety
You cannot dispute the likelihood that in the coming days all aspects of driving will have a way of communicating with each other solely to make driving safe. Imagine a situation where the roads you drive on, the objects you pass along the way and the other cars you meet having the capability of spontaneously transmitting safety information and taking proactive role in controlling the driving environment! If self-driving cars are already here with us, don’t you think all road components will have advanced warning systems for preventing collisions?
You might argue correctly that all the new-fangled technological additions are mere novelties that give the manufacturers the right to brag, but the truth is that they are also quite reliable and efficient. Experts from various institutions of road safety such as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety agree that many crashes are prevented by the systems that provide automatic braking and other systems for crash prevention.
Types of Safety Features Available in Modern Cars
Available data from various insurance agencies indicates that cars with integrated safety systems are less likely to be involved in accidents. That is why agencies like the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is planning to make sure that all cars have inbuilt technology for vehicle-to-vehicle communication.
Many automakers like Volvo are making safety a priority in their business. If you drive any of their latest models, you will be surprised that many of the safety technologies are closely linked to collision reduction. The systems include concepts such as: pedestrian and cyclist detection in darkness, high speed auto braking, warnings for forward collision, and barrier and road-edge detection with adaptive cruise control and steer assistance.
Other car makers like Subaru already have visual and audible warnings from road monitoring that can recognize driving situations which are potential dangerous. The EyeSight system for drive assist can apply automatic braking where necessary. The line-up from Toyota also have safety features such as pre-collision systems, blind spot monitor, vehicle stability control, lane-keep assist, and automatic high beams.
The technologies are designed to prevent human error that results into several serious injuries on the road.
Crash Prevention through Car Interconnection
To prevent crashes, your car of the future will take advantage of the GPS or global positioning systems that will keep all cars connected. The cars will be equipped with Wi-Fi systems that will send basic safety information to cars in the surrounding by using a dedicated short-range system for communication. If you are driving such a car, it will notify you if a car suddenly brakes ahead of you or if another vehicle came into your blind spot by tracking the position and speed of other surrounding cars and yours.
For instance, if your vehicle is last in a group of 10 cars and the leading one suddenly brakes, you might not be able to respond in time to the chain reaction if you are driving an old car. But if your car is connected, it will receive a warning immediately the lead vehicle brakes. You will also be able to avoid collisions at intersections if another vehicle drives through the red light as you are approaching because your car will flash a green warning.
Generally, the safety features being built into future cars will mainly concentrate around crash and collision prevention. Apart from consumers being able to use their time more efficiently and conveniently, many people will also be safer on the roads. However, what will be the impact of system failure in such an interconnected environment?