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Vehicle Safety Technologies that Are Going to Make Accidents

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If modern vehicle safety systems were installed on all cars in the U.S., they would prevent 1.6 million crashes each year, says a study by Carnegie Mellon University.
With an unprecedented capacity to save lives and property, vehicle safety tech is more potent than ever. Combined with proper vehicle maintenance and a good sense of general road safety, automobile crashes can become a thing of the past.
Let’s take a look at the three biggest safety measures being implemented on cars today.

Anti-Collision Countermeasures

Car-to-car collisions are some of the most common types of road accidents. Therefore, reducing the risks of cars colliding will lead to safer roads overall. Subaru’s implements a three-tiered solution for this purpose.

First, the driver is alerted to a possible collision. If brakes are still not engaged and collision is inevitable, they will deploy in full force. Should the brakes fail, the system will automatically decrease the car’s throttle as much as it can to minimize the impact force of the crash.

Driver Assist Suites

Adaptive cruise control ensures that your vehicle is at an optimal distance to others. Meanwhile, lane-keeping assistance ensures that your car stays as close to the middle of the lane as possible. It also warns you if your car’s trajectory isn’t as straightforward as it should be.

These systems monitor the driver’s head and hand posture , ensuring that they keep both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road when driving. In fact, driver inattentiveness is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents . Driver behavior assistance can help you prove in court that you were behaving correctly, in the event of safety measures failing.

Exterior Cameras

A more direct method of blind-spot monitoring, exterior cameras are nothing new to vehicle tech. However, the developments made in exterior camera tech have been nothing less than substantial. Cameras can be placed on blind spots themselves to provide a seamless high-definition video feed of the angles you can’t normally see from.

This can be an invaluable feature when backing up higher-profile vehicles. Taking it a step further, there now exist 360-degree camera monitors, which provide you with a bird’s-eye view of your vehicle. It does this by piecing together video feeds from cameras placed all around your car. Having a camera feed from this vantage point provides unparalleled visibility of your car’s surroundings. On their own, 360-degree cameras provide sufficient monitoring of blind spots.

If you combine them with exterior cameras, you virtually won’t have to worry about blind spot accidents. They’re also fantastic alternatives to traditional cameras as they can provide more visual evidence of road mishaps than your average front-facing dashcam.

Vehicle-To-Everything Connectivity

We live in a time when the Internet of Things is slowly taking its place in the mainstream. In this setting, Vehicle-To-Everything or V2X connectivity is emerging as IoT’s answer to vehicular safety. One of the major contributors to road accidents is lack of information. This can manifest in poorly misread actions like misjudging the speed of other cars or not expecting the road to be slippery. V2X Tech seeks to remedy that.

At its current state, it can let vehicles communicate their speed to one another, as well as weather and road conditions on the journey ahead. It also detects whether certain safety features are active, such as anti-skid and even windshield wipers. In the future, even driver behaviors and steps to take to accommodate for them can be accounted for.

Turning road accidents into a relic of a bygone era may take some doing. But, with the steps being taken on every level of car manufacturing, it would seem that we are inching ever closer to that goal.

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