There are a variety of new safety features that many auto manufacturers have been employing in the last half decade. New technology is constantly being developed, which has fatalities decline from over 40,000 in 2007 to 32,719 in 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While fatalities did see a very sharp increase in 2015, possibly from more drivers distracting themselves with electronic devices, the overall trend has been a positive one. Listed below are various technologies that are helping keep drivers and passengers safer.
ESC Electronic Stability Control
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) has been around for a number of years at this point, and became mandatory in all new cars built after 2012. During an emergency braking scenario, the system applies brakes to one or more wheels in order to keep the car from skidding out of control.
Next Generation ESC Electronic Stability Control
In the case of an emergency, next generation ESC can assist the driver with steering input, throttle reduction, and even rear-wheel steering.
A new type of cruise control may be one of the more innovating pieces of technology. Many people tailgate, even without knowingly doing so. If the driver is paying attention to the road, it takes 480 feet (or 32 car lengths) to come to a stop for a vehicle traveling at 60 miles per hour. This means that if someone is tailgating, there is a very small chance that they will be able to stop in time if a problem arises ahead. Modern cruise control can now monitor how far ahead the vehicle in front of your car is, and keep that distance by reducing the throttle. Some systems work even in stop and go traffic.
Lane Drift Cameras
According to Automotive Fleet, there is a cell phone present in 40 percent of auto collisions. Drowsy driving is another big problem, so to combat people texting and falling asleep behind the wheel, some cars are being outfitted with side-mounted cameras that can detect when a driver may be unintentionally drifting out of the lane.
Blind Spot Reduction
With cars heftier than they have ever been, the field of view is worse and worse. New cars are being outfitted with side-mounted cameras and radar to minimize blind spots. Many cars nowadays also employ a rear-mounted camera used when backing up.
Some vehicles are employing pre-collision systems. This technology can detect when a collision is about to occur and adjust seat height for optimal protection, roll up windows, pre-tension the seat belts, and charge both the airbags and brakes.
Many of these systems serve as mere band aids for distracted, careless, and reckless driving behaviors that millions of people exhibit on the roadways every day. No matter what technology exists, there will still be accidents when people get behind the wheel. If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto wreck, contact one of our experienced Columbus, Ohio car accident attorneys today of Ohio Car Accident Lawyers to discuss your legal options for compensation.