In 2019, 36,096 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents just in the United States alone. A great portion of these accidents are tied to human error. With new technology to assist drivers on the rise, the world may see these driver-related accidents decline. Potentially, thousands of lives will be saved every year with the help of new car accident prevention technologies created to assist drivers.
Driver assistance technologies will help keep you and your passengers safer, they also serve to protect pedestrians and other drivers on the road. Some of these technologies are capable of taking action to avoid an accident or warn you if you’re at risk of an imminent wreck.
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Collision Warning Systems
There are a few types of collision warning systems to assist drivers. Forward collision warning systems monitor the distance between vehicles against how fast you’re going. If the car gets too close to another vehicle, the driver will be alerted through an alarm system of a potential impending crash. The driver must then take action to slow down or allow more distance between vehicles.
Lane Departure and Cross Traffic Warning Systems
If you’ve ever drifted outside of your lane while driving, you know how dangerous it can be. Lane departure technology alerts the driver when this happens by monitoring lane markers. Rear cross traffic warning systems will warn drivers of possible collisions that the driver can’t see through a rearview mirror or may not be detected by the backup camera.
Blind Spot Intervention
Blind spots are the areas around your vehicle that you can’t properly observe without the use of cameras, mirrors, or taking your eyes off the road. Blind spot warning technologies monitor these areas using proximity sensors and rear-facing cameras. If there is an object in the driver’s blind spot, the system will alert the driver in order to prevent a collision.
Lane Centering and Lane Keeping Assistance
If the vehicle starts to drift out of its lane unintentionally, lane centering technology activates electronic steering and braking to keep the vehicle in the proper lane. In turn, lane centering assistance uses a system of cameras to monitor your vehicle’s position within the proper lane lines and continuously keeps the vehicle centered by applying steering input technology.
Automatic Crash Notification
In case an accident occurs, automatic crash notification systems will alert emergency responders of the incident and the location of the accident. These systems are able to detect sudden and dramatic deceleration and air bag deployment. The system automatically connects to an emergency operator to easily locate the crash, significantly reducing the time for EMT to arrive.
Other Driver Assistance Technologies
Adaptive cruise control keeps you at a safe distance from other vehicles by automatically adjusting your speed if you get too close. Automatic high beams have been around for years, but now manufacturers are able to tailor headlight settings according to weather, lighting conditions and traffic. When in reverse, rearview cameras provide an image of what’s in the area behind your car.