Driving is full of surprises. Accidents happen each day and there’s no telling when you’ll figure in one. Still, you can utilize various technologies to reduce your risk of traffic collisions and other driving accidents. Over the years, the automotive industry has evolved to make roads safer for all drivers.
Here, we’ll discuss five of the latest technologies that will keep you safer on the road.
Rearview cameras are possibly one of the best inventions in the auto industry. Many car brands now include rearview cameras as safety features. This offers a better of the vehicle’s rear. Some of these systems can have a 360-degree-unblocked view to help drivers avoid collisions and accidents.
Rearview cameras can also send beeping notifications to the driver. It can alert the driver if they are getting too close to an object or person.
Automatic emergency brakes
Also known as AEB, auto emergency braking engages the brakes automatically if the driver fails to respond in time. This is a fairly new technology that you can see in newer car models.
This braking system has a scanner that can scan the road up to 650 feet ahead. It detects traffic and provides suggestions on ideal speeds. If the driver fails to brake when close to another car or object, the AEB will engage automatically.
AEB is a high-speed system although it’s not a standard component yet for vehicles.
Electronic stability control
Electronic stability control or ESC is already standard equipment on Canadian vehicles. It prevents cars from sliding, especially during snowy days. ESC works by applying the brakes slightly so the drivers will keep control of the car. It can also reduce the engine power to prevent collision and slipping.
According to the Canadian authorities, they’ve seen a 50% reduction in road fatalities with the use of ESC. Nowadays, this technology is present in many cars in and outside of America.
Lane departure warning
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, over 55,000 injuries occurred in 2015 due to lane departure. This data shows just how important this technology is for drivers.
This warning system uses sound and light to alert the driver if he or she starts to depart the lane. It can also trigger vibrations on the steering wheel. In more advanced versions, the lane departure warning system can steer the wheel back.
Luxury car brands first introduced lane departure warning systems, but they are now common in many car models in the US.
The blindspot warning system uses a radar that detects vehicles and objects around your car. Side and rearview mirrors alone aren’t always enough, especially on very congested roads.
Whenever a car or object falls into the blind spot, this warning system will beep or blink. If the driver is at risk of hitting the object on the blind spot, this system will vibrate the steering wheel.
According to authorities, a blindspot warning system can reduce lane departure crashes by 14%.