Nowadays, people are living longer not only because of high medical developments, but for the automakers too. Automakers are equally responsible for this as the doctors. They blend performance and comfort with extreme safety technologies competitively. This helps to give you safety on roads.
Self-driven cars and pedestrian-friendly bumpers are also used as automotive safeties. Many new features are also being introduced in the new models of the cars. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Concierge concept is a part of the next generation safety, as it has an integrated heart defibrillator.
Here are some of the car safety measures that you can look forward to.
Tire-pressure monitoring is one of the safety technologies. By the year 2008, all the models of the US passenger vehicles that weigh 10,000 pounds or less, should be equipped with a tire-pressure monitoring system, as per the order of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In most of the new cars, it is already a safety feature. BMW offers this feature as standard equipment on all the models of the cars. If the air pressure is too low, sensors at the wheels alert the passengers by an audible warning or a light on the instrument panel. In most of the cars like Corvette, run-flat tires are installed. The run-flat tires help the car to run continuously at a high rate of speed for 50 or more miles.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive cruise control or collision mitigation is another safety measure. Modern cruise control goes beyond the constant speed. Nowadays, cruise control can adjust the throttle with the help of sensors and radar. It brakes to maintain a safe distance from the car that is in front of you.
It generally works if there is any change in traffic speed. The system has the ability to sense a potential collision. So, it automatically brakes hard and helps to tighten seat belts. When the road becomes clear of traffic, it returns to its original cruising speed. It can be overridden by only touching the brakes.
Lane-departure warning is similar to side-assist technology with more range. When you change road, it judges speed and distance of the approaching vehicle in order to warn you of potential danger. If you ever become distracted, it can automatically warn you through vibration on the seat and steering wheel. It can also warn in the form of alarm.
Lane-departure warning also monitors body posture, head position and eye activity of the drivers. It warns immediately whenever it detects that the drivers are falling asleep. It also warns when the vehicle starts behaving erratically. In this case, the system automatically slows down the car and engages in stability control.
Emergency brake technology is quite different from an antilocking braking system. It detects whenever the driver makes a quick shift from gas to brake pedal. It applies additional brake pressure to short the stopping distance.
This works in cooperation with stability control and smart cuisine control system when it senses a potential collision. It is called brake assist.
Thus, these are some of the modern car features listed for avoiding accidents in the future.