Safety is not only the top concern of every driver—it’s also the number one priority for car manufacturers across the board. For this reason, car makers are always researching and developing new technologies designed to improve automotive safety. Here are some new automotive technologies that are helping drivers avoid collisions:
Adaptive Cruise Control
Conventional cruise control makes driving easier by allowing you set a target speed and remove your foot from the gas pedal. While cruise control is certainly convenient, it can also pose a danger if you’re not paying close attention to the road. This is where adaptive cruise control comes in. Unlike conventional cruise control, adaptive cruise control automatically adjusts speed based on proximity to other vehicles. For example, if another vehicle approaches too close to your own vehicle, adaptive cruise control will automatically reduce your speed and maintain a safe distance.
Lane Departure Warning
The proliferation of advanced sensor technology has been responsible for many of the innovative safety technologies in recent years. One example is the lane departure warning system. Lane departure warning is designed to alert drivers when they start to inadvertently drift into another lane. Drifting can occur when drivers become distracted or doze off behind the wheel.
Emergency Brake Assist
It should come as no surprise that brakes are an integral part of staying safe and avoiding collisions. Indeed, there have been many groundbreaking innovations that have improved brakes. Antilock brakes are a great example of a safety technology that has helped drivers avoid collisions. Emergency brake assist works differently, however. Emergency Brake Assist senses the amount of pressure on the brake pedal and determines whether the driver is in an emergency situation. In the event of an emergency, the Emergency Brake Assist system applies extra pressure on the brakes to help minimize stopping distance.
Understanding the latest automotive safety technology can help you stay safe on the road. To learn more about how safety features can help you avoid a collision, call Greulich’s Automotive Service & Collision of Scottsdale at (480) 389-2358.