Technology for Preventing Car Crashes

Car Accident

Most Car Accidents are the Result of Human Error

Lately, I’ve noticed several car commercials emphasizing the car’s ability to anticipate and prevent an accident. It appears that automobiles are finally catching up with technology. Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death in America, and more than 90 percent of fatal accidents involve driver error. Common accidents result from drivers tailgating, falling asleep at the wheel, making sudden lane changes, and backing into things or people. Technology may now be able to prevent many accidents that are due to driver error.

New driver-assistance systems can keep accidents from happening. Technology such as video cameras and infrared sensors can detect what is around the vehicle, and assess the likelihood of an accident based on what the vehicle and driver are doing. The system can keep cars a safe distance apart, and even apply the brakes if rapidly approach an object in front of the car. The system can spot animals, pedestrians or objects on the road and alert the driver to potential dangers. It can also detect cars in a driver’s blind spot, and warn the driver if he signals to change lanes.  Cameras can detect if your car is crossing a lane divider without a turn signal being on, providing an auditory and visual warning, and even vibrating the steering wheel to alert the driver he is drifting into another lane. These systems try to recognize when a driver is not responding properly to a potentially dangerous situation, alerting them, and pulling their attention back to what is going on around them.

Up until recently, this technology was only available in luxury cars such as from Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Volvo. This technology is now becoming available in mid-priced cars from Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda and Toyota. If you are in the market for a new car, be sure to check out the latest in driver-assistance systems. It may save your life.


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