Auto Safety Technology Q&A’s

Automakers are always looking for ways to improve safety for drivers and passengers on the road. Advancements in technology have made these safety features better over the years, although many consumers are not aware of what these features are and how they can protect them while on the road.

Below are a few helpful tips and information regarding the most recent advancements in auto safety technology.

What Tech Safety Features Can Help Improve Car Safety?

The type of tech safety features that are available depend on the model and make of the car. Luxury models tend to have more of these features, although they tend to be available as options on most makes and models if the consumer is willing to pay the additional cost. Common safety features include: Automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, blind-spot warning, rear-automatic emergency brakes, rear cross-traffic warning, lane detection assists, and adaptive cruise control.

What Is Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)?

Automatic emergency braking, also known as AEB, is a system where the vehicle’s brakes are automatically applied if an upcoming hazard or an imminent risk of collision is suspected. AEB systems will apply the brakes without the assistance of the driver to either slow the car down to prevent the collision or completely stop it.

What is Rear-Automatic Emergency Braking and How Is It Different from Standard AEB?

Rear AEB systems are similar to front AEB systems in that they apply the brakes automatically when something comes from behind the vehicle. The system is helpful when backing out of a driveway or parking spot when an immediate stop is needed and a hazard can often appear out of nowhere. For instance, if a driver is pulling out of his or her driveway and a child on a bike darts out in front of them, the sensors will automatically trigger because of the hazard and will cause an immediate stop.

Will AEB Ever Be Standard on All Vehicles?

While AEB systems are currently ‘option’ features on vehicles, it is anticipated that they will become a standard feature on essentially all cars and trucks by the year 2022. This improvement in vehicle safety technology is due to an agreement between most automakers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

What is Forward-Collision Warning (FCW)?

Forward-collision warning (FCW) systems provide noises or visual warnings to alert the driver when an impending collision is about to occur. These features are more common currently than AEB, but many cars combine the two systems to provide warnings of potential forward-facing hazards.

What is Blind-spot Warning (BSW)?

Blind-spot warning or BSW systems detect objects or hazards that appear in the car’s blind spot or areas where the driver needs to physically turn around to see and cannot detect by simply checking one of the car’s mirrors. A visual or noise alert will go off if one is detected when the car begins an unintentional lane movement, meaning the car is changing lanes without a turn signal.

What Lane Safety Assists Are Available?

Vehicles can also come equipped with safety features when it comes to departing or staying in the driver’s given lane. One of these devices is a lane-departure warning (LDW), which alert the driver when he or she is crossing lane markings without signaling. In addition, lane-keeping assist devices (LKA) will automatically correct the steering input or will provide the vehicle’s brakes when the driver is unintentionally crossing a lane marking. Vehicles can also come equipped with lane-centering assist which can provide continuous active steering to help the driver stay safely between lanes.

What is Adaptive Cruise Control?

Adaptive cruise control is a safety feature that uses sensors, radar, cameras and lasers to ensure that the vehicle is kept at a safe and constant distance between the car and the one ahead. The system adjusts as highway traffic slows, and as soon as the traffic begins to flow at the normal rate of speed again, the adaptive cruise control brings the car back to its original cruise control speed.

According to the U.S. Department of Transport how many annual vehicle crashes could be potentially prevented using modern technology vehicle safety devices?

United States Department of Transport claims that over 81% of annual vehicle crashed could be potentially prevented using modern technology like radar-based safety devices.

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