The innovations around modern cars (and vehicles in general) are mainly focused on three things: comfort, efficiency, and safety. Safety is a big part of some of the latest tech we’ve seen in cars, from better seatbelts to improved headlights and changes to the shape of the exterior.
It is hard to argue that technology is making driving safer. Now that we have more exciting innovations trickling down to consumer cars, it is time to take a look at the different ways technology is making driving safer.
The idea of a self-driving car isn’t a new one, but the implementation of this idea has become a lot more interesting in recent years. After the relative success of Tesla’s auto-pilot feature, almost all carmakers began pushing for better autopilot in their cars.
The technology that can really benefit drivers, however, is automation. You can always turn to Mercedes and the company’s S-series for the latest safety technologies. Better front- and back-facing sensors combined with smarter computers are helping drivers do more, faster.
When faced with a potentially fatal situation, for example, the on-board computer can react much faster and apply the brakes in time. The human driver, on the other hand, needs time to process information before he or she can react to the same situation.
Sensors and automation also help drivers with parking, staying alert, maintaining a safe distance on highways, and even monitoring the presence of pedestrians and animals. All of these sensor inputs are processed in real-time, making driving a lot safer.
Technology is also helping car manufacturers protect their customers by improving the safety features of modern cars. We now have better, faster-reacting airbags that can be installed in all rows in the car. The shape of modern cars and the structural design are also geared towards maximum safety.
We also have trends such as reinforced bumpers and lifted trucks offering safety benefits to drivers and their passengers. In the case of lifted trucks, hazards from an accident will not even reach the people inside the truck thanks to the extra ground clearance.
Even the materials used to construct cars are being improved. Stronger aluminum offers better structural integrity and less weight. Corned glass gives drivers and their passengers protection against shards in the event of an accident.
The biggest technological push of them all is definitely connectivity. Car manufacturers are making real efforts to allow cars to talk to each other. The sensors and on-board computers can rely on information from other cars as well, creating a world where it is virtually impossible for cars to collide with each other.
When the car in front performs an emergency break, for instance, it can communicate with your car about the situation. Your car will then have much more time to react and safely brake, all without requiring your input. At an intersection, cars can read data from the traffic lights and stop when it is red.
All of these new technologies are being implemented for one major goal: to make driving safer. In the future, we will have fewer accidents and even fewer fatalities on the road. That’s the kind of future worth pursuing.