It is no secret that technology is making great leaps and bounds each and every day. Nowhere is this progression better represented than in the vehicles we drive each and every day and count on to get us wherever we need to go in comfort, style and safety. Integrating this technology into modern vehicles has led to scenarios that seem futuristic such as in-development autonomous cars that can navigate and operate without any driver. While those are still in primitive testing stages, one area that vehicles have become more technologically savvy is with pre-crash safety systems appearing in more and more cars these days. It may seem unfamiliar to you now but here are important things to know about the pre-crash system and why it may be and should be a part of your next car that you purchase.
A detailed insight to the pre-crash system
How It Works– The pre-crash safety system works by employing various sensors and radars to constantly scan the surrounding areas and environments for objects or obstructions. By doing this, the vehicle can then be aware of these obstacles and hazards and then either alert the driver to them or take control of the vehicle.
It’s Available In Many Cars Already– In many new car commercials for brands like BMW, Mercedes Benz and Toyota you may be seeing various interpretations of the pre-crash safety systems being used in full effect. Most notably it is employed by the vehicle automatically knowing because of these sensors and radar readings when to apply the brakes to prevent split second collisions and accidents.
It Is Constantly Going to Be Improving– Because the computer systems in vehicles are becoming more and more advanced, it is constantly in need of upgrades like any other computer would be. With constant updates being released and performed, the capabilities of your car’s pre-crash safety system will be constantly expanding and improving with the latest technology.
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert– One capability of the pre-crash system is to alert you to traffic approaching from your sides when you reverse. Whether it is a visual cue on one of the rear view mirrors or a chirping sound to warn you, it will make sure you stay safe. More advanced safety systems can also point out bicycles and pedestrians.
Blind Spot Monitoring– One of the biggest concerns for drivers is the exposed blind spots that can come out of nowhere and is the cause of numerous accidents. One early system that has become more and more helpful is the blind spot monitoring, sometimes in the form of cameras or radars, it will alert drivers to objects and obstructions that are in the blind spots to your mirrors.
Added and Improved Pre-Crash Safety– While radars and sensors have made huge improvements on the exterior factors that can contribute to an accident, there are also huge steps being taken inside the car as well. In the event of an accident, safety precautions are automatically employed such as returning reclined seats to the upright position, the sunroof automatically closing and even the pre-tensing of seatbelts to avoid further injuries.
It Will Soon Be Mandatory on Vehicles– It was recently announced that the IIHS Safety Committee will require vehicles have these pre-crash safety systems installed to win top overall safety awards, they need to have forward-collision warning systems along with automatic braking to be considered eligible for the top awards each year though they are not going to effect star ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, as more companies make these systems mandatory to win top honors, manufacturers will begin to make these systems standard features available to all drivers.
Technology is rapidly evolving and nowhere has it been more valuable than in modern vehicles. The advancements in technology and computer capabilities in these cars is leading to highly improved driving conditions and driver and passenger safety being better than ever. The pre-crash safety system is not yet a standard feature on all vehicles but constantly changing safety standards and yearly awards going the direction of being dependent on systems like this being included to be considered. As technology improves, your vehicle will not only be easier to drive but much safer for you and everyone else on the road as well.