While still important safety devices, automobile safety functionality has come a long way. Although seatbelts and airbags remain important to car safety, the latest technology available has the potential to significantly reduce the number of car crashes and save lives.
A lot of the new auto technology addresses the tragic fact that most car accidents are due to human error. Using radars, cameras, and sensors, the latest technology available can help identify dangers and warn drivers of dangerous situations, before an accident occurs. Furthermore, automated safety features can automatically take over steering, braking and acceleration in certain situations.
Some of the Most Important New Safety Features to Look for When Buying a New Car
Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) systems use forward-facing sensors that monitor the distance and speed of vehicles in front of your car. If the FCW system senses a crash is about to occur, it will warn the driver with sounds or other signals. Working alongside FCW systems, Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) systems will automatically apply the brakes if the driver is not braking quickly enough.
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems alert drivers when they lose focus or get tired and inadvertently allow their car to drift into another lane. Some systems cause the car to actively resist moving out of the lane or help bring the car back into its proper lane. These systems have been shown to reduce rates of sideswipe accidents, and head-on collisions.
Blind Spot Monitoring Systems
Blind Spot Monitoring systems use sensors to look for other cars approaching the car's blind spot and alerts the driver when they do. Some systems even activate the brakes or take over the steering controls to force the car to stay in its lane to avoid a crash.
Studies have shown that Blind Spot Monitoring systems reduce lane-change crashes significantly and resulting injuries.
Rear Crash Prevention
Rear Crash Prevention systems use rearview cameras to help drivers back up safely. Rearview cameras project a larger and wider image than is visible in mirrors or by looking directly out the back windshield. Some systems warn the driver if there are objects in the way when the car is in reverse, while others automatically apply the brakes to prevent the car from backing over an object.
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