How reliable is your car tech if you rely on it to be safe on the road and avoid risking crashes with your family?
It is obvious that the car safety technologies have been increasingly taking over the old car features and every car comes with a range of safety gadgets and modern technologies to save occupants from accidents. It was a busy day in the UK when a driver was driving his wife’s Subaru Outback on the motorway. The car was introduced with the automatic emergency braking system and he was shocked when a driver ahead suddenly changed the lane and came in the same lane where the Subaru was cruising at 80 miles per hour. The driver got a bit confused with this sudden situation and remained undecided for some time. But he got another shock when his Outback was automatically slowed down and an obvious collision was saved. It was the automatic emergency braking system in action which acted in time and saved a panic driver from making a wrong decision.
On the other hand, again this system was working to save another driver when his lane suddenly changed into the parking lot. The system worked before the reaction of the driver. The system avoided yet another metal crunching crash. The driver was interviewed by one of the automotive experts and he stated that if the system had not acted in the meantime and would give him some extra seconds to think, the accident was obvious with possibly fatal consequences. No matter if you have a reconditioned engine or a used engine in your car, make sure that all the safety features and tech must work properly.
After all these examples, it is definitely a point of thinking that how reliable safety technologies offered in your car? Actually, in the past few years, safety technologies have dominated the automotive world. The drivers relying on these technologies to some great extent and saving themselves from crashes and accidents. Even the drivers have the driver assistance technologies in the cars and these technologies are being offered in form of full packages. From autonomous emergency braking systems to the lane change warning system, lane keeping system, blind spot detection system and even the driver waking and stress detection system.
What AAA Foundation researched?
The traffic safety foundation called AAA Foundation has researched that more than 80 percent of drivers in the UK are using the most modern driver assistance systems in their modern vehicles came after the 2016 model year. But before that same amount of drivers was unaware of these technologies and their benefits and limitations. Even the drivers with the blind spot detection system were able to detect the vehicles in the blind spots around a vehicle. Now there are the systems which can detect the pedestrians moving around, vehicles moving at fast speeds and even the cyclists with added accuracy. All these systems collectively make a full on driving safety package in a vehicle.
Unfortunately, a quarter of the drivers which were surveyed under the AAA under the safety technologies that they rely on the safety technologies rather than their own driving skills and techniques. Under the AAA research, studies said that the more than 25 percent of drivers were actually using the blind spot monitoring systems. They didn’t look over their own shoulders for visual checks, they rely on the technologies and system to spot the blinded areas. Previously, the drivers were normally used to turn around over the shoulders and detect the vehicles but it was not that safe as getting dictation from the system. In the modern vehicles, drivers are reaping the full benefits of the vehicle safety systems and enjoying their driving.
How in car safety systems benefit the drivers?
The in-car safety system benefits the drivers by saving lives on the road. When these systems work in the better way than the traditional techniques, e.g. detection of the blind spots and emergency braking systems, these technologies have the potential of saving lives by more than 40 per cent extra. Compare to the overall market, these technologies have saved more than 30 per cent crashes in the past few years. It means a reduction of 30 per cent in deaths on the roads in the UK. Other driver assistant technologies including the lane keeping assistance and forward collision detection and control systems, speed control system and parking assistance systems have also played a vital role in saving the lives of the drivers and occupants.
The pedestrian and cyclists detection systems have saved a number of lives in the busy UK traffic in the town centers and city halls, as high streets were the most dangerous areas for the pedestrians and cyclists. The traffic safety foundation AAA research says that the automated technologies have been increased by more than 78 per cent over the past few years. In 2015, this ratio was around 30 per cent in new vehicles but now the ratio has been increased to more than 80 percent.
Author Bio: Graham Rogers is one of the writer at Ideal Engines. He is crazy about cars. He eats, sleep, talks and walks Cars. David has been writing for Ideal Engines for years.