The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2016, 37,461 people died in auto accidents across the United States. This represents an increase of 5.6 percent over 2015.
In an effort to increase safety overall, many new safety features, once thought of as high-end or luxury, are becoming more readily available in all newer cars.
Driver assist auto technology uses a combination of sensors, cameras, and radar that operates with software to allow vehicles to identify hazards and avoid accidents. Some features warn the driver to act, while others are handled by the vehicle itself.
As this technology continues to evolve, the NHTSA has the ultimate goal to create completely self-driving vehicles, accessible to all drivers. This is still a ways down the road, but the technology is constantly evolving.
Driver Assist Features
Until that time, there are several driver-assist features available in affordable new cars today, and more coming in the very near future.
- Adaptive Cruise Control. This system allows a vehicle, already in cruise control mode, to sense another vehicle in front of it. As the car gets closer to a vehicle ahead of it, the adaptive cruise control system will automatically adjust the speed.
- Forward Collision Warning. If a vehicle approaches a slower or stopped vehicle, and the driver does not show signs of braking, the forward collision warning system sounds an alert to notify the driver that an impact is imminent.
- Pre-Collision Braking. If the vehicle senses an imminent collision, it will automatically apply the brakes to lessen or prevent an impact. Pre-collision braking is an extremely important safety feature that reduces the risk of distracted driving As a result, this braking system is expected to be in all cars by 2022.
- Lane Keep Warning & Assist. If a vehicle starts to drift out of the lane, a lane departure warning will alert the driver with a vibration, a visual cue on the dashboard, or a beep.
Vehicles equipped with lane keep assist may also make minor steering or braking corrections to keep the car in its lane.
- Blind Spot Monitoring. This system generally works by scanning the rear corners of the vehicle, and lights on the side mirrors come on when it detects a vehicle in those zones. Blind spot monitoring is already one of the most common safety features and can currently be found on 73 percent of all 2017 models.
Honda has taken this one step further. The have deployed a camera in several of their models on the passenger side, which shows what is in your blind spot on a large screen as soon as you signal a lane change.
- Parallel Park and Park Out Assist. This system detects if the space is large enough for the vehicle to park in and then steers for the driver to both enter and exit the spot. While the car steers, the driver still handles braking and shifting.
As of May 2018, all new cars must feature back-up cameras. It is likely only a matter of time until many of these other new technologies become requirements.
As driver assisted technology continues to improve, our roads will become safer for all drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
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