What are some types of new car tech that can prevent accidents?
When you go to purchase a new car nowadays, you may be very surprised at all the features available. Technology has soared in the car industry and has completely changed the way cars operate. While some of the features, like auto start and heated seats throughout the car are luxurious and nice to have, other options available make driving safer. There are so many accidents that happen every day due to a few seconds of distracted driving, or just human error.
And even after minor, yet costly accidents, people often say, “If I had just been paying more attention…” You should always be attentive when driving, but when life happens, these safety options can make sure an accident doesn’t. At Pfaff Autoworks, we regularly see vehicles come through our doors with extensive damage due to a collision caused by human error or purely accidental. Whatever the cause may be, it is important to know that there is technology out there that can help limit collisions on the roadways. In this blog by Pfaff Autoworks, we take a look at some of this technology.
Automatic Emergency Braking
AEB is a newer feature that alerts a driver to an imminent crash and assists the driver in using the maximum braking capacity of the car. If the situation becomes critical and the driver is not responding, AEB can independently brake. There are 3 categories of AEB that include:
- Low-speed system
- Higher speed system
- Pedestrian system
This feature isn’t brand new but can be extremely helpful to drivers. Many accidents happen at low-speed, like during parking. A 360-degree camera system is a combination of cameras on all sides of a car, sensors, and a display inside the car. It helps drivers see their surroundings behind them, which can be extremely helpful when backing up. If a car gets to close to an object, most systems beep to alert the driver, giving the driver time to break. Since this feature has been around for a while, it is fairly inexpensive to add when purchasing a car and is valuable to have.
Today, some cars have auto-steering capability. No, this doesn’t mean your car will full driver itself, but it can take the steering wheel away from a driver in certain situations to avoid a collision. It will apply the brakes to steer around a potential pedestrian or object in the car’s path, all while staying within the current lane of traffic. Many auto-steering systems work in conjunction with an automatic emergency braking system.
Lane Departure Warning
Lane departure warning is designed to prevent distracted driving errors. Even if you just look down at the radio or to the passenger for a second, it can cause you to get distracted long enough to shift the car. A lane departure warning system uses cameras to determine if a car has drifted across a lane. It sends an audible, vibration, or visual notification if your car has shifted too far.
Autonomous Cruise Control
Cruise control has been around a long time and can make long-distance driving much more bearable. ACC is a more advanced type of cruise control that automatically adjusts your car’s speed to maintain a safe distance from vehicles ahead of you. This way you can enjoy the benefits of cruise control, without having to slam on the breaks and reset it. An even more advanced option, Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control, gathers information from satellites, roadside beacons, and mobile infrastructure to determine the distance between cars, and to adjust from there.
At Pfaff Autoworks, we see vehicles come through our doors with a wide range of collision damage. Along with being a high-end certified collision repair facility, we also make it our duty to provide the public with interesting content about safety technology that is becoming more and more standard with auto brands. Click here to find our Pfaff Autoworks contact information.