In 2018, India became the fourth largest automobile manufacturer in the world. Local carmakers produced 29.1 million motor vehicles between April 2017 and March 2018, including 4.1 million passenger-type vehicles. The country’s motor vehicle exports during the same year also reached a total of 700,000 passenger vehicles, 104,000 commercial vehicles, 530,000 three-wheeler, and a whopping 3.26 million two-wheeler.
Despite the growing number of automobiles, road accidents all over India dropped to 4.61 lakhs in 2018 compared to 4.65 lakhs recorded in 2017. However, the number of fatalities caused by road accidents increased to 1.49 lakhs from 1.48 lakhs the previous year. Because of this, the latest car safety technologies being introduced in India must comply with the latest crash test regulations. There are several new car technology features that augment and prioritize safety, which is being added to the newest models offered to India’s consumer market.
Could these new car safety features Eliminate Traffic Fatalities In India:
Lane Keep Assist System
During the first quarter, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) together with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) and the Delhi Traffic Police held a seminar titled “Emerging Trends in Safety on Roads“. One of the subjects that they discussed is vehicle safety features like the lane-keeping assist system, which allows more drivers to minimize common human errors with the help of a front-facing camera.
It works by alerting the driver that they are about to leave a lane unintentionally by vibrating the steering wheel. It may also steer the car back to its original lane. With the help of this innovation, vehicle collisions may be reduced and prevented altogether. It can also assist an auto accident lawyer in proving their client’s involvement in a car crash because the evidence is already recorded using its dedicated camera. The video can be used as evidence in the court to determine who is at fault during the road mishap.
Autonomous Emergency Steering Features
This new car safety feature works beyond what the auto emergency braking system can do for the vehicle. It works by intervening to steer the car out of danger if the vehicle cannot avoid the possible collision. If the system manages to detect the collision with any obstacle on the road that can no longer be prevented using the brake, it will look for ways to avoid the object in front of the vehicle.
If there is enough time, the system can send sound and light warnings to alert the driver. But if the impending crash is within seconds away from happening and the driver can no longer do anything about it, then it will work by steering the car automatically to successfully to dodge the accident. At the moment, only the latest models from Volvo and Mercedes-Benz have this technology in the country. But Indian drivers could expect to see more vehicles with the autonomous emergency steering feature in the coming days.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Features
One of the main reasons for car accidents is the loss of control. This can be prevented with the help of an ESC feature. This car safety technology works by resisting to understeer or oversteer when driving in corners. It can also help when the car experienced losing traction on the unsafe roads by stopping individual wheels automatically and lessen the engine power until the car’s balance and driver control return.
This system depends on a series of sensors to identify the vehicle’s direction, the location of the steering wheel, the speed, and other factors that make the vehicle run on the road. These metrics will determine if there is any sudden loss of control. If something like this happens, the ESC will apply the brakes instantly to the wheel involved to help the car return to its original path. In worse cases, this system can also lessen the engine power and stop the car from speeding.
These are just some of the most highly-awaited car safety features that Indian drivers need to see in their vehicles. Aside from its impressive uses, these can help save the lives of many individuals who are driving up and down the unstable roads of the country.
If all cars will have these, the government can be assured that their efforts to lower the road fatality rates caused will succeed.