Nowadays, there are many technologies that car manufacturers have developed to make your car safer and more comfortable for you and your passengers. Explore the five main technologies in this blog post.
What will the future of driving look like? It’s hard to say, but many car manufacturers are working on new safety systems that could make cars smarter and safer. Let’s explore the five main technologies: vehicle detection systems, auto-braking systems, lane departure warning systems, blind-spot detection systems, and adaptive cruise control that are helping to make cars safer and smarter.
Technologies that make cars safer
- Vehicle detection systems
One of the most important safety features in a car is the ability to detect other vehicles on the road. Vehicle detection is a type of sensor technology used by car companies to monitor the area around a vehicle for potential hazards such as pedestrians or other vehicles in order to prevent collisions. Vehicle detection systems scan the road around your car for other cars, pedestrians, cyclists, or any other obstacles.
The most common type of vehicle detection system is a radar system, which uses radio waves to detect objects in the environment. Other types of systems include laser sensors and camera-based systems.
Many new cars come with standard front-collision warning systems that use vehicle detection technology to warn you if you are getting too close to the car in front of you, making roads safer for pedestrians. Some cars also have a reverse collision warning system that uses sensors to detect if anything is behind the car when it is in reverse.
- Auto-braking systems
Auto-braking systems are designed to help reduce the severity of a frontal collision by automatically braking the car when it detects an obstacle.
These systems use a combination of vehicle detection and auto-braking technologies to apply the car’s brakes when it senses an obstacle in front of it or near its path. The system determines if the object is stationary or moving and how fast the car is accelerating, which can help determine whether there will be a collision and whether the auto-braking system should be activated. Most systems measure the distance between the obstacle and the car before activating, then apply a percentage of that force as they predict there will be an impact.
- Lane departure warning systems
Lane departure warning systems are designed to help prevent accidents caused by drivers unintentionally leaving their lane.
These systems use a combination of sensors, such as cameras or lasers, to monitor the car’s position on the road and detect if it is straying from its lane. If the system detects that the car is leaving its lane, it will sound an alarm or vibrate the steering wheel to warn the driver.
- Blind-spot detection systems
Blind-spot detection systems are designed to help drivers avoid accidents caused by cars in their blind spots.
These systems use sensors, such as cameras or lasers, to monitor the area around the car for other vehicles. If the system detects a car in the driver’s blind spot, it will sound an alarm or vibrate the steering wheel to warn the driver.
- Adaptive cruise control
Adaptive cruise control is a technology that helps drivers maintain a safe distance between their car and the car in front of them. This system uses a combination of sensors, such as cameras or lasers, to monitor the distance between the car in front of you and your car. If the distance changes, the system will adjust the speed of your car to maintain a safe distance.
Adaptive cruise control can be used in both highway and city driving and is available in a number of different settings to match the driver’s preference.
Not every system is perfect
Of course, there’s really no foolproof system and each has its own set of pros and cons. However, the five technologies described above are helping to make cars smarter and safer. With these systems in place, drivers can feel more confident on the road knowing that their car is doing everything it can to keep them safe.
In the event when all or one of your systems fails and you’re involved in a traffic incident, you’ll need to go through the normal process of swapping insurance information with the other party. And if the other party presses charges, you’ll need to contact your car accident lawyer. That way, they can help defend you in court or sue for damages if the system failure is due to an issue with your mechanic or dealership or the car itself.
What to look forward in car tech
Even with all the current safety features in cars, you can still expect more car technologies to be developed in the future. Some of these technologies include self-driving cars, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, and car-to-infrastructure communication.
Self-driving cars are cars that can drive themselves without any input from the driver. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication allows cars to communicate with each other about safety issues, such as weather conditions or where a car is in relation to its surroundings. Car-to-infrastructure communication lets cars communicate with traffic signals and street lights to warn drivers of upcoming turns or changing road conditions.
All these technologies help make cars smarter and safer. With more new cars coming with these features, it is becoming easier and easier for drivers to avoid accidents and stay safe on the road. So next time you’re shopping for a car, keep in mind the safety features that you would like and do some research to find out what is available at different price points.
The author, Dr. David K Simson is a trained radiation oncologist specializing in advanced radiation techniques such as intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) / Rapid Arc, stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). He is also experienced in interstitial, intracavitary, and intraluminal brachytherapy.