While modern vehicles have many features designed to keep people safe in the event of an accident — seat belts and airbags, for instance — automakers are increasingly dedicated to finding ways to prevent accidents from happening in the first place.
This has become a real focal point in recent years. As technology has advanced, new cars are now equipped with all manner of systems designed to make the roadways safer for everyone.
Safety features address known hazards
Most people spend only a small fraction of their time moving a vehicle in reverse, but the risks of an accident are massively increased during those times. The first technological solution to this danger was the invention of the backup camera, which is now stock on many new cars. Beyond that, some models have advanced rear-collision warning systems that can sound alarms or even activate the brakes if a potential crash is detected.
This is just one way that technology has been used to address known hazards and issues drivers have faced for decades. Other examples of technology in action include:
- Blindspot monitoring systems
- Lane departure warning systems
- Driver-assist programs which, while not as advanced as a true autopilot, can help guide the car when needed
- Parikng assist programs
- Forward crash detection systems and automatic braking
- Pedestrian detection systems
- Adaptive cruise control
- Cross-traffic alerts
As you can see, much of the focus is on using sensors and cameras to gather the information that a driver may overlook. The software can then process this data without any distractions and give the driver more information than ever about the world around the car. In some cases, the technology can even react to a situation on the driver’s behalf, which also reduces the risk of an accident.
Even with the best technology in the world, a negligent or distracted driver can still cause a serious car accident. If you or your loved one suffered injuries in a wreck, working with an experienced legal team can help you obtain the maximum compensation you are due.