Thinking back just 10 or 15 years, it's amazing to see how far automobile safety features have come in a relatively short amount of time. Some of us might even remember when seatbelts were only in front seats or when airbags were first introduced as standard safety features on new cars.
Our country has made incredible progress in computer technology over the last few decades. Just think: the phone in your pocket has exponentially more computing power than what it took for us to land on the moon. It's no surprise we're seeing more and more of the latest and greatest tech integrated into our daily drives.
For some, long drives just feel like hours of tedious miles passing by. Sometimes attention wanes from the road and cars starts to drift from their lanes. This can lead to serious accidents and injuries.
With lane departure warnings, the car's computer immediately alerts the driver that he or she is leaving the lane unexpectedly. In some instances, this piece of tech will actually correct for the lane departure. This little feature helps keep the driver focused and aware of his surroundings, and it works more efficiently than rumble strips to decrease sideswipe crashes, head-on collisions, and single car accidents.
The hardest part about changing lanes or merging in traffic is navigating the blind spot on your car. All vehicles seem to have that one area that requires you to turn around and scan your surroundings, simply because the mirrors aren't able to view everything.
With blind spot notifications, you are alerted when a car or object is present in your blind spot. These sensors essentially act as an extra pair of eyes covering those hard-to-see spots. This technology helps to decrease highway and city driving accidents by keeping drivers informed and aware of who's in their blind spot.
With self-driving cars just on the horizon, we're already starting to experience some of the safety benefits from computer assisted driving programs. Collision warning and automatic braking can help apply brake pressure when the human driver isn't quick enough to react to an oncoming object.
Human response time is limited to our ability to notice something and make the conscious decision to apply the brakes. Computers are able complete this process in a fraction of the time compared to our brains. This makes computer assisted braking one of the newest, most revolutionary tech advances in vehicle safety.
Recently the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) put forth a rule that would require all new cars made after May 1, 2016 to be equipped with backup cameras. These little cameras display a video feed of what's behind your car to assist in backing up and parking.
With rearview cameras becoming more and more prominent, the NHTSA hopes to see a significant drop in accidents and injuries from cars backing into pedestrians and other vehicles.
If it feels like we're approaching the realms of science fiction, that's because we are. With heads-up displays or HUDS being installed in automobiles, you'll be able to see all the pertinent driving information without taking your eyes off the road.
These HUD units display the speedometer, tachometer, odometer, and fuel gauge directly on the glass or on a display on top of the dash. Many car manufacturers are adopting this technology for their high-end models, but it won't be long before you see these in every car produced.
We're excited to see what new and futuristic safety advances the future holds for car manufacturers. However, at our law firm, we know accidents still happen – no matter how prepared you are.
If you're ever injured in an accident, contact our law firm for a free consultation. We're standing by 24/7 and we're ready help.