If you haven’t yet seen Back To The Future, it’s time to head to the local store and pick up the DVD. The DeLorean gave kids of the ‘90’s a futuristic expectation of how cars will be one day and so car enthusiasts everywhere are always on the lookout for the car tech that could change the future of driving. Road safety has always been fairly limited to seatbelts on all seats and airbags in case of an accident. Thankfully, the world is coming along in leaps and bounds in terms of technology, and the digital revolution has extended to car tech features. The focus from manufacturers on the development on sophisticated car safety features can make taking that normal commute on the road safer than ever.
There are more and more cars on the road every single day, so it makes sense that making those vehicles as safe as possible is a high priority. Car manufacturers are making a point of monitoring the way that our cars on the road are being driven and are studying how we can drive to lessen the chance of collisions. There are tons of technologies that are being developed even as you read this that are steering us toward a future of less road accidents and here are some of those tech upgrades:
One of the most central ways to limit the impact of a car crash is the airbags in the car. However, outside the car there’s not much to protect pedestrians or animals that hit the exterior of the car. Helping pedestrians in an accident could start with airbags on the outside of the car. Accidents do happen, and other than the protection or compensation that companies like Haffner Law could give, people need to rely on the fact that if they’re in an accident they can minimise that impact. For example, the Land Rover Discovery can deploy an airbag on the windshield of the car, because a sensor tube in the bumper can tell if someone has been hit. Cushioning them and softening the impact can greatly help the injuries that would happen.
A vigilant driver can apply the brakes at the right time during the journey and doing it in a timely way can help divert a crisis on the road. This isn’t a big window to do that, though, as you only get seconds to hit the brakes before an accident happens. An emergency brake assist can tell when the brakes are pressed in a panicky way, and additional brakes are placed on the car faster than you can do it. This amazing tech can reduce a stopping distance by almost half. If you want to know the cars that can offer this feature, check here.
It’s common sense, manners and great road behaviour to stick to your own lane. Unfortunately, there are drivers out there that get a little bit ahead of themselves and choose to ignore this rule. Lane departure systems have been developed to discourage drivers from jumping lanes. There is a warning given to tell the driver that they are drifting into a lane without indicating. It’s a clever system, as the technology can monitor the markings that are along the road and then warn you after that that you are drifting. Ideally, you’d pay attention to the road enough to not need this little piece of tech but driving long distances can make a driver zone out, so it’s easily done. There are advanced technology systems out there that can even correct your steering and put you back in the right lane.
We’ve all got into the car after a long day of work feeling weary and dreading the commute ahead. It’s natural to feel drowsy on a long road trip, and it’s natural to be bored while driving. However, falling asleep at the wheel for even a moment can have catastrophic consequences. It only takes a long blink to make your car go at full pelt into the barriers at the side of the road. There are automakers out there that are developing a technology feature that can analyse driving patterns and detect any patterns that are erratic compared to your normal driving routines. Characteristics of fatigue include things like drifting lanes, sudden deceleration as your legs become relaxed and drowsy and issue loud warnings in the car to remind you to open your eyes and stop the car safely. Mercedes-Benz has this as part of their safety system. Fatigue can be a killer and understanding that you shouldn’t be driving exhausted is so important.
Everyone knows that Range Rovers have a blind spot the size of Jupiter, so the invention of a feature that helps you to monitor the places of your car that you cannot see is a great way to stay safe on the road. Excellent in use for large lorries and buses, blind-spot monitors can provide a driver with real-time monitoring of things that they cannot see behind or to the side of their vehicle. For high-sided vehicles, this could mean the difference between a collision or making a clean lane change during a long-distance drive. If you know what’s coming, you can be prepared for anything and ideally, be safer as you drive on the road.
What’s more James Bond than night vision in your vehicle? Driving in the dark can make many people very nervous, so infrared cameras that can project images of what is down the road can be so much safer than just relying on fog lights. Those foggy days no longer have to be scary for you when you need to be somewhere.
Technology is making life safer every day, and with the vehicles on the roads being designed to be more attractive, much safer and much more reliable, there can be less fatalities and collisions. There’s nothing better than knowing that you are investing in your own safety when you buy your car.