Safety is the center point for all motor vehicle advertisements – with manufacturers boasting about the latest technological advancements that improve safety and reduce the risk for accidents altogether. But, how effective are these highly advertised features, and do they actually stand up to the claims that they make to American consumers? More vehicles are being outfitted with state-of-the-art technology and with that technology comes a higher price tag for those vehicles.
What Are the Key Technological Advancements Manufacturers Using?
Airbags and antilock brakes used to be the latest technology. They were innovative and one of the major trends among manufacturers looking to bolster safety within their cars. Prior to that, seatbelts were the only means for protecting drivers and passengers. While these advancements today are considered archaic, they were necessary in order for manufacturers to work toward the features of today.
The past few years have seen endless numbers of safety systems being developed and implemented into today’s vehicles. They are designed to actually prevent accidents, instead of simply acting in a collision (like airbags).
Some of the latest advancements that have offered buyers more safety include:
- Electronic Stability Control Systems – These electronic systems can control a vehicle’s braking power, torque, etc. to one or more wheels. They help keep a vehicle in control and can correct everything from slippage to oversteering by managing the amount of power each wheel receives.
- Cruise Control – Adaptive cruise control technology relies on radar sensors, which automatically adjusts speeds on the freeway to match the speeds of the vehicles in front of the cruising car. It adds a level of convenience, but can also make a driver less focused on the road.
- Blind Spot Detectors – These alert drivers to vehicles hiding in their blind spots. When a vehicle needs to change lanes, they can rely on these blind spot detectors to reduce their risk for collision and know if an object or vehicle sits in their way.
- Lane Departure Systems – These systems monitor the position of the vehicle, and if it is moving out of its lane, the system will notify the driver.
- Collision Response Systems – These occur prior to the imminent accident and detect and respond quickly – making automatic adjustments to protect the vehicle. Some systems may apply brakes, deploy airbags, move seats back to reduce injury, etc.
- Braking Assists – This technology detects braking patterns and can deploy heavier braking when necessary.
- Airbags – Airbags have improved as well, especially with the addition of curtain and side airbags. These deploy during side-impact collisions and can protect passengers and drivers from glass or debris in the vehicle.
- Backup Cameras – This gives a driver a full view of what is behind them before they back up – including vehicles and pedestrians.
- Forward Collision Warning Systems – These detect the distance between the vehicle and those in front of them. Then, warnings are sounded if a vehicle is too close – giving them time to respond. More advanced systems will also apply the brakes to increase the distance between vehicles.
Advanced Technology Cannot Always Protect Drivers and Passengers
Safety technology can make roads safer, but it cannot thwart drunken drivers, distracted drivers or even hazardous road conditions. In fact, some systems may encourage bad habits on the road, because drivers may be more reckless when they know that their vehicles will take over for them. The technology itself can also be a distraction – possibly increasing the likelihood of an accident.
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