Eventually, cars will be driving and parking themselves at this rate of constant advances in technology. Safety technology is already becoming apparent in production cars; thus, allowing these vehicles to think and react to danger before the driver has the chance to do so. Safer cars have the ability to eliminate stress and danger from the daily driving routine.
Here are some of these new safety features:
Being on constant alert as a driver and/or passenger in a vehicle is not always an easy task. Not everyone has the best vision or the ability to be completely focused on the road and things around it.
Night vision boasts thermal imaging and infrared radiation that allows the car to discover potential issues before you or your headlights. Sophisticated cameras capture images that are displayed on dashboard-mounted screens or head-up displays, enabling the road to illuminate in a way that the headlights cannot.
This technology strives to help drivers avoid people or other objects that may cross in front of them.
As much as we don’t like to think about it, the truth is that sometimes accidents happen and every now and then pedestrians are involved in collisions. In an effort to decrease the blow of front-impact collisions for pedestrians in these situations, automakers have tried to redesign hoods and bumpers.
This technology is still in the works; however, automakers have been working on grille designs/shapes that have a higher and flatter point of impact. Furthermore, car-mounted sensors have the ability to detect if a pedestrian has been hit, then pop up the hood to modify the angle of impact which can prevent severe head damage.
Drowsy Driving Warnings:
Long-distance driving is extremely tiring and eventually, we all run out of coffee and energy drinks. Falling asleep at the wheel and swerving off the road can end in serious consequences—automakers are trying to eliminate these drowsy driving behaviors by detecting them and notifying the driver.
Mercedes’ is working on software that will display a coffee mug icon if the driving style resembles that of a drowsy driver. Other distracted-driver monitors use cameras and facial recognition software to sense the erratic driver behavior.
Tight lanes and larger vehicles do not always mix well, especially on the highway when it’s not always an easy task to stay perfectly in the lane. Lane-departure warning systems use laser sensors and cameras that depend on clearly painted lane markers. If the driver veers out of their lane, the system will vibrate the seat or steering wheel and, in some systems, the vehicle will steer itself back into the lane.
Parking takes a great deal of practice in order to perfect the seemingly simple task. Far too often, drivers assume they have more room than is actually there. This birds-eye view seeks to eliminate minor mishaps by strategically placing cameras throughout the vehicle in areas including: under the side-view mirrors, in the hood, and under the trunklid. In some vehicles, drivers have the option of selecting one camera view in order to get a certain view, resulting in more precise movements.
An active braking system acts off of cameras that can detect possible dangers in the way of your vehicle and applies to the brakes to avoid a collision. Furthermore, some systems notify the driver before taking automatic action, serving as a “pre-crash” prevention method. This feature will be especially helpful in cities with heavy traffic and stop-and-go situations.
Blind Spot Detection:
Passing on the highway and merging can be disastrous when we miss those blind spots, then collide with the car next to us. Most blind spot detection systems serve as suggestions to drivers and can be overridden.
Crashes can be avoided with this technology by sending visual and/or auditory warnings to the driver. These systems use sensors or lenses to detect the presence of adjacent vehicles.