Last updated on November 4, 2019 at 12:02 pm
The pace of technology for our cars is moving rapidly and is something that the car insurance industry along with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration watch closely. New and exciting developments are happening constantly – some more tangible than others. Below Plymouth Rock Assurance highlights just a few developments focused on safety that we would love to see available in cars today.
Animal Avoidance: Thirteen years ago, in-car night vision systems began appearing in luxury cars. Their goal was to identify humans approaching the road, but one of this tool’s biggest failures was that it could not recognize anything else. The reason why? Animal species vary widely in size and shape, and their profiles can change drastically when they turn¾making it difficult for systems to recognize. To address that, Swiss safety company Autoliv, with help from Mercedes-Benz, cataloged thousands of animals across five continents. Animal recognition is now available in the 2014 S–Class, but we hope safety features like this can make it in more cars and stop the nearly one million accidents a year involving deer on US roads alone.
Car-Stopping Airbags: We admit this one seems a bit more in the future, but the life-saving concept has us talking. Again, Mercedes is taking the safety of the airbag and applying it in a way not used before as an active safety measure. The idea is that when the vehicle’s safety system detects that an impact is inevitable, it will deploy airbags underneath. Yes you read that correctly, your car will predict the collision and attempt to prevent it. The airbags will have a friction coating that helps slow the car down and doubles its stopping power. The deployment also will prevent the front-end dip that comes with hard braking by boosting the car up nearly eight centimeters.
Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) Communication: This isn’t just a new way to talk on our mobile phones. The US government and auto manufacturers like The Ford Motor Company have been hard at work on V2V systems in order to help save lives. Using WiFi signals, V2V systems send information like speed, location, and direction to vehicles surrounding each other in a given area. How it will save lives? Imagine a car runs a red light at an intersection. As you approach the green light, you cannot see the speeding car until it is too late, but your car can warn you or even hit the brakes automatically to prevent the collision. Some research suggests this technology could help prevent over 80% of accidents.
These are just a few of the many amazing technologies that corporations and individuals are working on to make cars smarter and safer. What technology do you wish your car had today?