9 Technologies That Will Keep Drivers Safe On the Road
With new technologies like lane assist and steering wheel vibration alerts, drivers can be alerted before making a dangerous maneuver. Whether you’re an amateur or professional driver, the following eight innovations in driver safety will help you keep your eyes on the road and drive much better.
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AI Dash Camera
AI dash cams are cameras mounted on the dashboard of a car and continuously record footage while you’re driving. This technology is excellent for recording accidents, close calls, or anything else that happens while you’re driving. The AI dash cam will also keep track of your speed, location, and other vital data, so you have evidence if something happens.
Lane assist is a system that keeps you in your lane by vibrating or beeping if you drift out of it. It also alerts drivers to things like stop signs and curves to react accordingly. Newer lane assist systems use cameras and sensors to monitor the car’s position and react much more quickly.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive cruise control is a system that maintains a set distance between your car and the one in front of you by automatically speeding up or slowing down your car. It can also come to a complete stop when the car in front stops and will start up again once the car in front of you does.
This technology has been around for over 20 years, but new advancements have made it much more reliable and effective at monitoring traffic patterns, accelerating quickly enough to maintain speed with other cars on the road, and stopping safely.
Adaptive lighting is a system that uses sensors to determine the road’s conditions and changes your car’s headlights accordingly. While it’s not a new technology, its recent advancements have made it more effective at providing clear vision during nighttime driving. The latest systems can distinguish between an oncoming car and a signpost up ahead and adjust the headlights accordingly.
The voice control technology is a system that allows you to manage your phone’s functions through voice commands rather than relying on the touchscreen. Using this technology also helps drivers to minimize distractions while driving. While it’s illegal in most states to use your phone when driving, this technology allows you to connect your phone apps to your Bluetooth-capable car so you can answer calls when they come in using voice commands and without taking your eyes off the road.
One of a car’s most critical safety features is its anti-lock braking system (ABS). ABS helps drivers maintain control of their cars when they need to brake quickly, which can be especially helpful in emergencies. Some newer cars even have advanced braking systems that include automatic emergency braking. This technology senses when there is a possible collision and can take control of the car to reduce its speed or stop it entirely if need be.
Since the introduction of anti-lock brakes in the late 1970s, they have been steadily improving over time as technology advances. Some newer models use cameras instead of wheel sensors for their anti-lock braking system, which can significantly reduce skidding.
Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
This system senses when the driver is braking hard and automatically provides extra braking power to help stop the car more quickly. In its advanced state, EBA transforms to Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), bringing the car to a complete stop. This can help avoid accidents, but it is also useful for preventing damage when you have an accident by reducing speed before impact.
Rearview Cameras and Blind Spot Information Systems (BLIS)
These days, rearview cameras are more reliable and displayed on the car’s dashboard for easy access during nighttime driving. BLIS systems provide alerts when cars enter a driver’s blind spots by flashing arrows inside mirrors or through an audible alert using speakers inside the vehicle.
BLIS systems have significantly reduced accidents caused by drivers hitting cars in their blind spots, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that all cars have them installed.
Traction Control Systems
Slippery roads are a nightmare to many drivers on the road and among the leading causes of road accidents, but drivers can now breathe a sigh of relief with the advent of traction control systems. These systems help prevent vehicles’ wheels from spinning out of control when accelerating or when starting your vehicle on a slippery road.
These nine technologies have all improved driver safety on the road, and each of them plays a vital role in making our roads a safer place. If you’re looking to buy a new car, make sure it has these features installed.