Despite our best efforts to improve driver and road safety awareness, the number of motor vehicle crashes and injury accidents increases every year in Florida. We can blame our growing population, elderly drivers, pedestrians, and tourists, but the reality is that people across the state are becoming more and more distracted while driving.
Totally self-driving vehicles may not be the answer – yet, but today’s driver assistance technologies have been shown to prevent accidents and save lives. In this post, we’re going to examine five of those technologies.
Rearview cameras, which allow drivers to see the area behind their vehicles when they are backing up, are probably the most common new safety technology. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has actually been requiring the cameras on all new vehicles since May, 2018.
When driving in reverse, it’s still important to use mirrors and turn around to look at the surrounding area. However, rearview video systems can definitely help prevent car crashes and injury accidents, particularly those involving children and pedestrians.
Automatic Emergency Braking
Automatic emergency braking systems are an option available on some new vehicles. The systems can help prevent automobile accidents by making drivers aware of when they are in danger of crashing into another vehicle. The system warns the driver and then automatically engages the brakes to help prevent a crash.
Pedestrian automatic emergency braking systems provide similar automatic braking functionality when they detect that drivers are not braking in time to avoid hitting a pedestrian. Using cameras and, in some cases, sensors, these systems help drivers avoid hitting pedestrians who are crossing the street in front of them, in the street where they are turning or on the side of the road.
Forward Collision Warning System
Unlike automatic emergency braking systems, forward collision warning systems don’t take control of your vehicle to avoid accidents. Instead, the advanced safety technology monitors your speed, the speed of the vehicle in front of you, and the distance between the two vehicles, and warns you of an imminent crash with a warning signal.
These warning systems help prevent your crashing into the rear-end of a slow moving or stopped vehicle. The alerts can be very effective at triggering appropriate actions, such as braking or swerving, during times when you are distracted and traffic slows or stops suddenly.
Lane Departure Warning System
Like forward collision warning systems, lane departure systems warn drivers of possible danger, but do not take control of your vehicle. The system uses a camera to sense when you are unintentionally moving out of your lane. It then sounds a warning signal to alert you to avoid a crash by steering your car back into the appropriate lane.
Lane departure warning systems are a valuable option on many new vehicles. Having this advanced safety technology can help you avoid sideswiping cars in adjacent lanes and prevent rollovers.
Blind Spot Detection System
Blind spot detection systems help you avoid crashes when changing lanes by warning you when there are vehicles in adjacent lanes that you might not have seen. Using digital cameras or radar sensor technology, the system senses vehicles in adjacent lanes that are getting close to you and warns you.
Often when you’re changing lanes, you have to make a very quick decision. Even when you’re driving very safely, you might not see vehicles that are near you in adjacent lanes. In these situations, a blind spot detection system could help you avoid crashing into those vehicles. In any case, it’s an option on some new vehicles that’s worth looking into.
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U.S. Department of Transportation. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (2018, Jan. 31). Driver assistance technologies.