Latest Crash Avoidance TechnologyKnow the Gaps
If the reports, news stories, and modern prognosticators are right, self-driving cars are just a few years (or decades, depending on who you ask) away.
Thankfully, we’re not obsolete yet. People are still in the driver’s seat, and it’s still our responsibility to do it safely. That doesn’t mean we can’t get a little help from car computers here and there, though.
By alerting us to dangers, giving us more information, and sometimes even taking the wheel (if only for a moment), the latest technological advancements in car safety and crash avoidance are helping us fill gaps in our driving lives:
1. Front Crash Prevention
Human reaction time is good, but it’s nothing compared to a computer’s. So, car manufacturers have developed technologies that can “see” the road ahead and help you make faster decisions, reducing the risk of accidents or avoiding them completely.
- Seeing the road – sensors, cameras, radar, and even night vision on modern cars help “see” the road ahead, and detect when we get too close to an object (like another car) or pedestrians in our path.
- Preventing collisions –These sensors are coupled with automatic reaction systems. So, when your car sees that pedestrian walk into your path, it can automatically hit the brakes if you don’t. Other systems can protect you if an accident is imminent, pretensioning safety belts, closing windows, adjusting seat positions, and moving head restraints.
2. Adaptive Cruise Control
This advanced technology isn’t too dissimilar from the cruise control you’ve used for years. The modern twist is that now, a computer can adjust your speed, apply the brakes, and even give you back control of the car as traffic conditions change. With sensors and cameras in the car, computers can judge the distance between you and the car ahead, increasing your speed when the space is greater, reducing it if the car gets closer, or even hitting the brakes if traffic comes to a stop.
It’s not completely “self-driving” yet, but it’s an interesting next step!
3. Lane Departure Warning and Prevention
Not only can car sensors and cameras detect things around you, they also know which lane you’re in! The latest camera and sensor technology actually tracks your car’s position in a lane, and alerts you if you start to drift across the lines. Some cars give you a simple audio or visual warning, while others can actually stiffen the steering wheel or automatically guide you back to your lane. While this doesn’t mean you can doze off on long car rides or early morning commutes, it is a great safety feature to have.
4. Blind Spot Detection
It happens to the safest drivers: you’re about to switch lanes, thinking you’re in the clear, and a car comes out of nowhere. To expand your abilities, protect you, and help keep your eyes on the road, new technology helps watch your blind spots for you. Newer cars feature sensors and lights, usually on your rearview mirrors, that light up when a car’s in your blind spot. More advanced features can even prevent you from changing lanes if you signal while a car’s in your blind spot.
5. Parking Assist
Other new driving technologies watch out for us while we park. Rearview cameras, radar, and sensors give us a clear view of what’s behind and around the car. Traffic monitors tell us if a car is in our path while we’re parallel parking. The latest and greatest parking technologies are actually starting to parallel park for us too!
6. Adaptive Headlights
A seemingly simple concept, but absolutely incredible to behold (especially on winding roads) are adaptive headlights. These suckers pivot left and right as you turn the wheel, illuminating the road as you drive around curves and bends, providing better visibility at night.
All of these modern in-car systems help to fill gaps that our human errors cause on the road. They expand our sight, reaction time, and other abilities to make us safer every day.
But even with advanced technologies, accidents are going to happen (even if you don’t cause them). That’s why we’ll still need car insurance to cover us out there. Unfortunately, gadgets and sensors can’t fill gaps in your car insurance, caused by:
Thankfully, when it comes to helping you spot and fill those gaps in your auto coverage, no technology holds a candle to a Farmers Agent.
Talk to a Farmers Agent today, to help you spot gaps that may be hiding in your car insurance.
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