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Recent Advancements in Auto Safety Features

Cars are becoming safer and more intelligent, which is a good thing considering how many people operate electronic devices while driving, drive drunk, and drive while drowsy. According to Automotive Fleet, 40 percent of all auto collisions involve the use of a cell phone; drunk drivers are responsible for over 10,000 fatalities every year according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; and, according to the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of adult drivers drove while drowsy within the last year. It is estimated that drivers who fall asleep cause 1,500 fatalities every year. Despite those depressing statistics, driving has actually become safer than it used to be, even with more automobiles out on the roads. In 2013 there were just 32,719 auto fatalities in the U.S, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There were 45,000 back in 1964. Much of driving’s increased safety is thanks to recent technological advancements, more police enforcement, better road infrastructure and social changes such as occupants wearing seat belts more often. Below are some of the newest additions to auto safety.

Intelligent Cruise Control

Normal cruise control is very simple. It is set at a certain speed, and the car stays at that speed. Intelligent or adaptive cruise control monitors how far the vehicle is ahead, and maintains a speed that will keep you at a safe distance back. Volvo has a system for adaptive cruise control in place even for stop-and-go traffic, which can stop the car completely if needed.

Lane Drift Warning

Rumble strips on the center and sides of some highways offer an indication that a driver is drifting from their lane. However, side-mounted cameras are taking this idea to a new level by monitoring when the vehicle drifts due to drowsiness or inattentiveness. The driver is alerted with a chime and flashing light.

Side-Mounted Cameras, Radar, and Back-Up Cameras

Both cameras and radar are being used in applications to reduce the danger of blind spots. Low, rear-mounted cameras are also being used to increase the safety of backing up. This is helpful for children, pedestrians, and for anyone that might be behind a car that is backing up. Many larger vehicles such as SUVs, especially those with tinted windows, offer poor visibility to the driver when driving in reverse.

Pre-Collision Systems

One of the newer pieces of car safety technology can predict an impending crash and make adjustments to the seat angle for optimal occupant-survival, roll up the windows, and charge the brakes and airbags. Pre-collision systems can also alert the driver to look forward if the system senses danger ahead while the driver is distracted while looking down or to the side.

No matter how safe motor vehicles become, there will still be the chance of injury when drivers are behind the wheel. If you or a loved one were injured in an auto crash, contact a Columbus, Ohio, car accident attorney today at Schottenstein Law Offices. We can be reached at 614-462-2266 or toll-free at (614) 467-8474and are here to help.