The automotive world is moving at a fast pace, generating dazzling innovations and new technology in autonomous cars. Those futuristic vehicles are equipped with plenty of safety features. From Lane Assist technology to Adaptive Cruise Control, these features keep drivers safe from accidents on the roads. Advanced safety features for cars have made the roads much safer and reduced the number of collisions.
Let’s get familiar with some of the top safety features that automakers are going to embrace with their latest models in 2018.
If you are a parent having young kids, you probably know how difficult is to travel with impatient children in the back seats. With the integration of Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity that provides the kids with in-car entertainment, this issue is partially addressed. CabinWatch feature has taken the safety to the next level. In the new Odyssey minivan, Honda has integrated this feature which let the parents monitor their children via a dashboard color display.
2. Intuitive Pedestrian Detection
Even the most experienced drivers can overlook a potentially life-threatening hazard on the road because of distraction or fatigue. In such a situation, it’s invaluable to have a co-pilot which will yank the wheel and keep you safe. Besides this great feature, the Lexus LS sedan also includes the Intuitive Pedestrian Detection. This amazing feature helps the drivers avoid crashing into pedestrians.
3. Energizing Comfort
The emotional state of drivers affects the safety on the roads. Frustrated, nervous, and tired drivers behind the wheels are at high risk for making an accident. With Energizing Comfort feature, stressed or tired drivers can get relaxed and stay alert. In its new S Class, Mercedes Benz has already incorporated such a feature, which combines the climate controls with ambient sound and lighting.
4. Automatic Emergency Braking
This safety feature helps the drivers avoid a collision by preventing an impending crash. Automatic braking system alerts the driver by means of a visual or audio warning in a dangerous situation that is very likely to lead to an accident. If the driver does not respond to the warning, the vehicle will put on the brakes automatically. Most of the biggest automakers already use this function in their new vehicles, including Tesla, Audi, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Mazda, Ford, General Motors, Volvo, Toyota, and Volkswagen.
5. Vehicle-To-Vehicle (V2V) Communication
Similar to the V2I (vehicle-to-infrastructure) tech that lets the car interact with surrounding infrastructure, vehicle-to-vehicle communication is a new technology that allows vehicles to “talk” to one another. These safety features for cars will make the vehicles more autonomous and help them operate more safely. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class already uses V2V technology.
6. Semi-Autonomous Driving Systems
The semi-autonomous driving system lets the vehicle handle braking and steering while driving on highways. One of the best examples of this technology is Tesla’s Autopilot. The newest Mercedes E-Class models include Drive Pilot, a system that allows the car drive itself at rates of up to 130mph. However, neither Tesla’s Autopilot nor Mercedes’ Drive Pilot make the cars completely driverless. They are meant to assist drivers and make the driving on highways more safely.
7. Adaptive Cruise Control
By using cameras, radars, and lasers, or a mixture of these devices, adaptive cruise technology keeps a constant safe distance between your car and a vehicle in front of you. If the traffic slows down on a highway, this system will automatically bring your car to a complete halt. Once the traffic has got going again, adaptive cruise control will bring your car back to speed. That makes stop and go traffic less frustrating. This feature allows you to perform other things while driving aside from steering, hitting the gas, and paying attention to the road all the time.
8. Blind-Spot Warning (BSW)
A blind-spot awareness function keeps a continuous record of the vehicle, both alongside and behind it. When detecting another automobile next to you in the blind-spot area, this system will notify the driver via visual warning signals displayed on the side mirror. The driver may also be alerted with an audible notification (i.e. a warning sound) in a dangerous situation when changing the lanes.
9. Lane-Departure Warning (LDW)
LDW system uses cameras in order to determine whether an automobile has crossed lane markings. If yes, it will give either an audible or visual notification. It’s designed to turn off automatically when using a directional. In some vehicles, the system alerts the driver via a haptic warning, such as vibrations through the steering wheel and/or seat.
10. Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
A parking lot is a common place for low-speed car collisions. Rear cross-traffic alert is one of those safety features for cars that prevent embarrassing scratches when parking in a busy parking lot. By using the built-in rear sensors, this advanced system alerts the driver to approaching pedestrians, other vehicles, or even shopping carts behind his car. If anything or anyone gets close to your car, the rear cross-traffic system will emit loud beeps or even apply the brakes automatically.