Safety has become a top priority for car manufacturers lately. They are doing everything they can to make sure that cars are as safe as possible for both the people in them and pedestrians. But what latest features on cars are taking levels of safety to next level on the road? Well, there are a few traits that you might want to watch out for.
Tesla are the car manufacturer leading the charge here with their autopilot software being the most innovative on the market thus far. With auto pilot switched on it’s possible for some Tesla cars to essentially drive themselves. Why does this make a car safer to drive? The software isn’t vulnerable to the issue of human error. However, don’t think you can lie back in your seat and go to sleep just yet. We’ve still got a long way to go before cars are truly driving themselves. The main actual benefit of the current software on the market is that it could recognise the danger of an accident and change your driving to prevent it.
A lot of people think that cars are designed to stay strong in the event of an accident. This is a fallacy. Cars are actually designed to crumple during a collision and collapse in on themselves. The idea is that the front of the car absorbs the impact and the passenger compartment is left completely intact. It’s also beneficial if you hit a pedestrian or something like a motorbike. Basically, the safety of the driver and the pedestrian is the top priority. The safest car on the road will probably suffer the most damage, and this really is a glass half full scenario. While the chances of escaping an accident with no injury are increased your car is going to lose value. In fact, according to Hansen Price, even a fender bender could take a lot of the value of your car. The problem is that if you make the car too strong the impact is going to be greater, and it will hurt the passengers during a collision.
It is important to realise that not all cars will collapse during impact. Some are designed to be as sturdy as a rock and this can actually make them far more dangerous.
Emergency Brake Automation
You perform an emergency brake when there is a hazard on the road that you are about to hit. For instance, a baby stroller might roll out into the road. At that point, you should slam the brakes down to minimise the chance of a collision. Unfortunately, it takes us around 3 seconds to react and perform an emergency brake. That is far too long and will almost always result in an impact. With emergency brake automation the car brakes for you, cutting the reaction time in half.
Keen drivers will know that a car drifting over the markings on the road is a sure sign the driver is too tired. However, we don’t always notice that we’re drifting and thus are unaware of high levels of fatigue. That’s all changed thanks to drift monitoring tech. If you’re not keeping a straight, smooth line on the road, the car will alert you with noise. At that point, it might be time to pull over and have a rest.
As you can see then, there is various tech and new car features that are boosting the levels of safety for drivers on the road today.