Auto safety has come a long way since the advent of seat belts and lighting. The latest high-tech safety features aim to reduce injury or help drivers avoid accidents altogether. Many industry watchdogs attribute continuing innovation as a primary reason for the reduction of crash-related fatalities and injuries nationwide.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) new 5-Star Safety Ratings System features three of the crash avoidance technologies listed below. Others listed are either presently recommended or in development.
Lookout for these newest innovations for automobiles
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC). ESC will apply brakes to individual wheels during sudden turns. The goal is to help drivers maintain control when a vehicle slides or loses balance, ensuring that it travels in the intended direction.
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW). LDW uses a camera and laser technology to monitor lane markings and alerts the driver when a vehicle inadvertently drifts into an adjoining lane.
- Forward Collision Warning (FCW). Using forward looking sensors, FCW technology detects vehicles, pedestrians, and obstacles ahead and prompts the driver to apply the brakes. Some systems will actually apply the brakes automatically if/when the driver fails to do so.
- Rearview Video System (Camera for backing up). Using a rear-mounted camera and an in-dash monitor, this technology allows the driver to see any obstructions immediately behind a vehicle.
- Automatic crash notification (CAN). This technology alerts nearby emergency responders when a crash occurs. And, with the help of GPS, it provides them with the location of the crash.
- Other Bells and Whistles. A range of new technologies use colored lights, sounds and vibrators on car’s dash, doors or console to alert the driver about potential hazards outside the car. Bike Sense, from Jaguar, for instance, is designed to tap the driver on the shoulder, ring a bell, or vibrate the breaks or door handles inside the care to help prevent accidents involving bicycles, motorbikes and pedestrians.
Avoidance technologies are great at reducing the risk, but not eliminating accidents. The fact is accidents. When they do, you need to focus on protecting both your health and your legal rights. As with the technologies profiled above, accident cases and determining fault continues to get increasingly complex. Seek out the guidance of an experienced car accident attorney who understands the laws and roads of your area.
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