Technology is helping reduce the number of accidents that are caused by drivers who are driving distracted. Here are 5 technologies that not only help reduce distracted driving, but also protect you from distracted drivers on the road:
Automotive manufacturers are developing more advanced methods for drivers to have safer experiences with certain cruise control features. The advent of adaptive cruise control will warn drivers who use the technology of an unsafe distance with another vehicle. With adaptive cruise control, a variety of signals may be sent to inform the driver of trouble ahead. If a collision is imminent with a car ahead, a driver may notice sounds, other signals and a deceleration in speed to avoid a crash. Once a safe distance-to-speed ratio is achieved, the vehicle will return to the original cruise control speed.
Mandatory on all new cars since 2012, electronic stability control is used to detect an imbalance between the direction that a car is moving and the steering position. Electronic adjustments are made to achieve steering corrections. Various sensors are used to detect whether braking mechanisms or traction controls are needed to prevent a vehicle from sliding.
When driving around certain corners at night, a driver might have a limited visibility. While making a turn, a vehicle with standard headlights will illuminate areas that are directly ahead. Adaptive headlights turn with the direction of the steering wheel to provide more light and increased visibility. Sensors are built into adaptive headlights to prevent directional adjustments while the vehicle is idle or in reverse.
A variety of automotive manufacturers provide forward collision warning systems to detect a crash. Using cameras, laser and radar systems, manufacturers are developing ways to forewarn drivers about unsafe conditions. If a driver fails to respond, some forward collision warning systems will reduce the vehicle’s speed.
If a vehicle starts to move toward another lane without engaging a turn signal, a lane departure warning system will alert the driver. Using sensors that are mounted on the vehicle, a lane departure warning will automatically assist an unresponsive driver with staying in a certain lane.
Although technology is a big part of safe driving, the driver is still behind the wheel. These technologies, combined with a commitment to safe driving will result in reducing distracted driving related accidents and safer roads across the country.