The automotive industry is constantly in a state of change. With each passing month and season, new trends and innovations come and go. Some of them involve fun new features, improved and luxurious interiors or an improved GPS system.
However, the changes that affect drivers and passengers the most are the ones that keep them safe. The new generation of the automotive industry is as advanced as ever, and the same can be said for the safety features that come along with it.
Time and time again, the automotive industry has proven that with a little bit of ingenuity, they can make it so that you are as safe in your car as anywhere else. There are several particular safety aspects in the new generation automotive industry that put the driver and passenger’s safety at the highest priority.
Vehicle safety is about more than having airbags and seatbelts in the car, although they are critical to car safety, of course. Let’s explore some of the key safety aspects offered by the new generation of automobiles.
In recent years, rear view cameras, or backup cameras, have become a mainstay of safe cars. It used to be that rear-view cameras only showed up in higher end cars, but now they are quite common. Since they have begun popping up in cars, the image and resolution of the screens have become clearer and clearer.
Backup cameras make it easier and safer to back out, particularly if there are obstacles or if you have a long driveway. Typically, backup cameras kick on automatically when you put your car in reverse.
The way they work is by capturing the images and sending them to a screen usually below the dash. Your screen receives a mirror image so that what you are looking at on you screen is correct. As the years have gone by since backup cameras were first implemented, the image has only gotten clearer.
Rear view cameras can make you safer in your car in numerous ways, such as:
● Avoiding backing into cars or obstacles
● Clearly showing you what is in your car’s path
● It makes backing up in the dark much easier
The first wave of backup cameras was not extremely clear. In many cases, the image was grainy or inaccurate. With new technology, however, rear view cameras provide a lot of clarity and safety. It is safe to assume that each coming generation will improve the backup camera technology.
While tires may seem like one of the simpler components of a car, they too have experienced safety advancements. For example, recently, Michelin has unveiled plans for a puncture-proof tire that will surface sometime in 2024.
By taking the air out of tires, the idea is that you minimize the chance for dangerous road incidents such as blowouts or flat tires. Blowouts and flat tires both account for a significant amount of time spent on the side of the road dedicated to repairs or waiting for someone to come by. Another key safety innovation in the world of tires is AdvanZtech. Giti has implemented several safety features and advances with their recent AdvanZtech. Using nanotek silica and polyamide, each AdvanZtech tire uses a unique, reinforced treading that creates traction and prevents against damage.
One of the more impressive aspects of AdvanZtech as a safety feature is the cap fly and bead reinforcement material. The decrease in resistance and combination of technology and material can help to improve fuel efficiency and prevent against harmful tire damage.
Some of the new tire technology brings a level of safety to your car and passengers that nothing else can. It can reduce the risk factors for several roadside disasters, such as:
● Blow outs and flat tires
● Spinning out
Your car could be safe as could be, but without tires with safety features, all of it could be for nothing. Look out for tires that go above in beyond in safety technology.
Automatic Braking Systems
If there is one advancement in auto technology that highway drivers can benefit from the most, it is the advancement of automatic braking systems. As the name suggests, automatic braking systems automatically engage the car’s braking system in the event of a near run in.
Say, for example, you are driving down the highway going 55-60 mph, and someone slams on their brakes. In theory, an automatic braking system will pick up on that and apply the brakes at least to some degree.
In some cases, automatic braking systems can stop the car entirely, but more commonly they just apply the brakes enough to alert you or prevent you from hitting another car or object. Crash avoidance technologies are being implemented in many cars now, and many manufacturers have shifted their focus to improving them.
Even if the automatic braking system does not stop the car entirely, it slows it down enough so that you when you hit the brakes yourself it will take less force and you will already be halfway there. Automatic braking systems can save you, you back, your neck, and your car many troubles.
Having to slam on the brakes at the last second is necessary to avoid serious injury sometimes. Having an automatic braking system makes it safer, easier, and provides peace of mind that your car is going to keep you safe.
Each brand generally has their own name for their automatic braking systems. Forward collision warning systems are similar and often vibrate the steering wheel or apply the brakes if there is a car or other obstacle in your path. Not all of them have automatic braking technology, however.
Lane Departure Warning System
Drifting is easy to do, especially if it is windy and you are on the highway. Going in and out of the lines in your lane is also quite dangerous and can lead to or cause a crash easily. New technology has made it so that if you don’t stay in your lane, you will get a quick reminder.
When lane departure warning systems first came out, they mostly just alerted you that you were out of your lane. Typically, that warning comes in the form of a vibration in the wheel. That is plenty to let you know it is time to adjust, but new advancements have made lane departure warning systems much higher tech.
The classic lane departure warning systems relied on a camera that monitored the lines on the road. That was effective, but on well-worn roads that have faded lines, it did not quite do the trick. However, with newer technology such as lane centering assist, staying in your lane is that much easier and safer.
Lane centering assist is newer advancement in the technology. It works similarly to a simple lane departure warning system, but it takes things a step further. Instead of just alerting you that you are not in your lane, it steers you back into the center of it.
Lane centering assist and lane departure warning systems can help in many ways. Lane departure can lead to several tragedies, such as:
● Being sideswiped or sideswiping another car
● Hitting the rail or median
● Drifting into ongoing traffic
It may seem like smart car technology, and well, in many ways it is. Many of the new technologies in automotive safety take the power out of the driver’s hands.
What Safety Measures Matter the Most?
Safety measures are big selling points for cars. They can also sometimes be partly responsible for the price tag that any given car has.
Because of that, many drivers wonder whether or not a particular safety feature is worth the increase in price. The same goes for upgrades, such as new tires with new safety tech. Ultimately, it is a personal choice for each driver to make.
With that said, however, there are certain things to consider. Think about the kind of risks that a particular safety measure is supposed to mitigate. Look at AdvanZtech tire technology for example. It reduces the risk for blowouts and flat tires. Those are both major issues that are worth looking into preventing.
Compare that to lane departure warning systems. Lane departure warning systems are an incredible modern automobile feature that can quite literally steer you in the right direction. But does that make it better or higher priority than new tire technology?
No, it does not. It just means that lane departure is another existent car trouble that modern technology has also provided a safety feature for.
The new generation automotive industry places safety first. Now, you can get tires that are just as high tech if not more than the backup camera functions. Or you can get a car with lane departure technology that can steer you out of harm’s way.
Technology has made it so that you can be safer in your car than ever before. So long as you drive safely and take care of your car, these advances in safety functions of modern cars can keep your car in driving shape for years to come.