In our last post, we shared innovations involving braking systems and how those systems can help avoid crashes. In this post we continue with tech innovations for motor vehicles with support systems that can help avoid rear-end and side-collisions. In most of these systems, the driver must still maintain control of the vehicle, but can get some assistance when a crash is imminent.
Our federal agencies, including the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and vehicle manufacturers continue to be at the forefront of promoting technologies that will work to protect us while driving. From vehicle to vehicle communications to advance braking systems, these vehicle crash technologies are, and will continue to be, a part of our driving experience as technology integrates into our vehicles. This could not only lower the number of accidents we see every day, but help to save lives and avoid injuries. A few technologies are being tested now that are of great interest and provide promise for the future of motoring safety. From braking systems to video systems, we share some of the technologies that will be integrated into our cars and trucks now and in the future.
Forward Collision Systems, Lane Departure and Blind Spot Guides
Most drivers have experienced cars and trucks that follow too closely behind them. But what if drivers can be warned they are tailgating, a reminder that they are too close to the vehicle in front of them. This is how forward collision systems can help. Although the driver must maintain control of the vehicle, these systems can let the driver know that their speed is too high, they are too close to another car or truck in front or that a crash is about to happen. The driver still must do something to avoid the accident from happening. But both audible and video warnings could help.
Lane departure warnings can help too and are available on many vehicles today. These provide a warning when the vehicle has crossed over or drifted into the next lane. Using cameras that see lane lines, the driver can be warned and if this happens repeatedly the vehicle will even tell the driver to take a break. Lane departure can indicate a drowsy driver or an inattentive one.
Similarly, many vehicles are already equipped with various forms of blind spot detection. This important warning can help avoid sideswipe crashes when a vehicle is in the driver’s blindspot. Blindspot assistance is especially important when drivers in larger vehicles are unable to see smaller vehicles in their blindspot. Sometimes the driver simply cannot see that there is a small car in the next lane and many accidents are caused by blind spot mistakes. Tech guidance can really help in this area.
Getting an Assist from Rear Camera Systems
Although many vehicles have rear cameras systems, this technology is no substitute for actually looking around and behind a vehicle while backing out. The rear view camera systems can help to avoid tragic accidents including those involving small children who might be behind a vehicle and are difficult to see. These systems are currently available on many vehicles and are especially helpful in SUV’s and trucks.
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