Car safety technologies have to keep up, as the vehicles of the future become increasingly advanced. Some of the technologies that follow are mere advancements and can be expected to be integrated in modern cars in the recent future, while others present completely innovative ways of achieving road safety. We hope that this article will help you become aware of the vehicle safety technologies that are under development, and rest assured that all of the further mentioned will one day make roads a safer place and driving a more relaxing experience.
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Have you ever read Philip K. Dick’s “Minority Report” (or more likely, seen the Spielberg’s adaptation of it)? If you have, you surely remember the scene with automated cars that operate on multi-level highways. Admittedly, this concept is pretty far-fetched, or at least decades from becoming a thing. On the other hand, the idea of a self-driving car is closer to realization that you might think; in fact, it already exists! Google engineers are already testing this self-driving technology throughout Nevada and California, on more than 200,000 miles. Google’s automated car is capable of detecting road signs, recognizing traffic lights, recording images on the road and finding alternative routes. It can analyze and process roadside information much faster than any human being – it works by learning the details of the road after having driven on it several times. Thanks to Google, an automated vehicle is no longer just a term out of science fiction.
Temporary lapses of attention are the culprits behind a huge number of car accidents. These unfortunate events are usually caused by smartphones, but sometimes, speedometers and GPS navigation devices are to blame as well. Even worse, no one can really blame a person for looking at their speedometer, seeing as how this is a vital part of driving.
This is where augmented reality dashboards can help – these would allow the driver to never really have to look away from the windshield. As a matter of fact, this technology is already present in some modern vehicles and isn’t too far from realization. Augmented reality dashboards on the windshield will be able to display all the basic information that the driver might need, from car speed and fluid levels, to navigation info, literally highlighting the road for the driver.
These dashboards will even support data upload, allowing you to see the best roadside assistance plans and compare them for the best possible option.
Analysis of the accidents that have previously occurred is a huge factor in preventing them. The car cameras of the future will allow experts to see all the issues that lead to traffic accidents. We can expect that the majority of modern cars be equipped with camera devices that record 360 degrees around the vehicle. This idea stems from the action camera systems in U.S. police cruisers and has been around for quite some time now. Seeing how this is meant to serve as court-admissible evidence, it can clearly be used for the purposes of analyzing traffic accidents. The main idea behind this is calculating all the risk factors in order to prevent road accidents from occurring in the first place!
Fatality and injury prevention is the main driving force behind finding ways to reduce the risks of road accidents. While regular airbags have saved many lives since they became a mainstream technology, the idea of having them on the outside of a vehicle will help even further. In fact, outside airbags is a technology already applied to some modern cars.
Some of these technologies are still far from realization, while others are already being applied. Hopefully, all of the above-mentioned will become mainstream soon enough and make our roads as close to accident-free as possible.
By Diana Smith