Vehicle Technology that keeps us safe.
We spend a lot of time in our vehicles, roughly 17,600 minutes each year, according to an AAA survey. A number of safety technologies make driving safer than its ever been. Hands-free connectivity, collision warnings, backup cameras and driver assist are a few features that drivers should be thankful to have. It’s time to give thanks to a few safety features that help improve motor-vehicle safety.
In most states, texting and talking on the phone while driving is illegal. Now, smartphones can automatically connect in a Bluetooth capable car and then you can make phone calls using voice commands. Or you can use Bluetooth to hear map directions off your smartphone. In addition, some phones have voice texting that you can set up.
This feature can be extremely helpful to drivers. It helps drivers see their surroundings behind them, which is helpful when backing up.
Advanced Driver Assistance Programs (ADAS)
Driver-assist systems use cameras and sensors to watch out for hazards. Driver assist systems help keep you safe at any given moment and often include programs like:
Adaptive Cruise Control- With adaptive cruise control, your vehicle will automatically adjust the speed in response to the speed of the vehicle in front of you.
Lane Departure Warning- Lane departure warning systems use a variety of sensors to warn the driver when the vehicle begins to move out of its lane. If the system determines that the vehicle is drifting, it will sound an alarm (visual, audible, and/or vibration warnings) so that the driver can take a corrective action.
Blind Spot Monitoring- Blind spot monitor is a sensor device that detects other vehicles located in a driver’s blind spots. Warnings can be visual, audible, or vibrate the driver seat.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
ESC is a required standard feature in all new cars. Electronic stability control uses sensors to detect when a car is losing traction and applies the brakes automatically to reduce the risk of a skid.
Remember you are Still in Control.
Even with these technologies drivers still, need to be alert and aware of their surroundings. Drive the speed limit, watch your blind spots and pay attention. With these and many other safety technologies at work, there's never been a safer time to be a driver.