The automobile industry constantly works on innovating new safety features for the latest cars, trucks and motorcycles. With California having 3,176 fatal accidents in 2015, the demand for advanced safety features to lower the risk of auto accidents is on the rise. While airbags and seat belts are necessary for safety, our cars need to be equipped with more features that prevent the collisions that cause injuries and fatalities.
Lane Departure Warning
If you ever find yourself unintentionally drifting out of your lane, the lane departure warning feature will initiate an alert if you’re not signaling. A camera is installed that monitors road markings and sends either a vibration through your steering wheel or seat to make you aware that you’re crossing a line.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert
The rearview camera has become increasingly popular in newer vehicles, as it helps to prevent the accidents and injuries caused by reversing cars. However, some systems are even more advanced, being equipped with the rear cross traffic alert. Not only do you have an extra set of eyes when backing up thanks to the camera, but the traffic alert also warns you of cars that are approaching your path. The sensors detect cars that approach you from left and right, and alert you with a flashing light and warning sound.
Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
AEB’s can help to prevent a crash, or at least reduce the damages caused by the crash. It comes equipped with two technologies—dynamic brake support and crash imminent braking—that spring into action depending on the driver’s actions. Dynamic brake support amplifies the drivers breaking if he/she doesn’t break hard enough in order to avoid the crash. Crash imminent braking initiates the brakes to slow or stop the car if the driver doesn’t take action to prevent a rear-ender. Before any of these systems initiate, they do alert the driver first to take action.
These advanced safety technologies are making an appearance in the newer vehicles, but we could see more of them become standardized like the backup cameras. Rearview cameras are so effective that they will be required in all new vehicles in 2018.
It’s important to use these safety features as an aid, and not to solely rely on them to protect you. Always remain alert while on the road and keep an eye out for irresponsible or aggressive drivers.