A growing trend in car manufacturing has been developing cars with better safety features. In fact, newer vehicles are more likely to never be involved in a fatal accident as compared to their older models. Technology has played a major role in improving the safety features of automobiles on the road. Here are three places where technology has increased car safety.
Weather plays a key role in how vehicles handle on the road. Dangerous conditions like rain or ice can make accidents more likely. Tire manufacturers have long tried to combat this problem by developing materials and designs with improved traction. These types of tires are often more expensive, however, and some consumers are unwilling to upgrade tires after purchasing a car. However, car manufacturers are approaching this issue themselves. Many vehicles are adding traction control to their suite of safety features. Traction control sensors monitor the rotational speed of tires, which changes based on the interaction between the tire and the road. Computer analysis of this speed can then make corrections to prevent loss of control of the vehicle.
Automatic Emergency Braking
With the increased use of cell phones while driving, the number of collisions caused by distracted driving is on the rise. In the second it takes to answer a text message or change the song on a phone, a car could merge in front of a vehicle and cause a traffic accident. To combat this issue, many car manufacturers are including automatic emergency braking in their models. This feature relies on sensors that can determine when something is moving toward the vehicle and stop the car before a collision occurs. Many cars with automatic emergency braking are also outfitted with front crash prevention systems that can provide an additional defense against collisions. This feature is effective in preventing not only collisions with other vehicles but also with inanimate obstacles and even pedestrians.
A lot of drivers speed—whether on purpose or without noticing. The faster a car is going, the more likely a fatal accident is. To prevent accidents from occurring due to reckless speed, many vehicles have high-speed alert systems built into them. These systems rely on sensors and the GPS navigational system to compare the speed of the car with the posted speed limit of the region. Any time the driver is over the posted speed limit, the system can alert him or her to lower the vehicle’s speed.
Together, these features have helped to make cars on the road safer. However, they all still rely on alert, cautious operators, as no safety technology can counteract the actions of a reckless driver.
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