Tech in cars
It may seem like the days of simplicity are long gone, with new vehicles featuring an ever-growing array of gizmos and gadgets, many of which are standard. It can often be daunting getting behind the wheel and seeing dozens of flashing lights and symbols we don’t understand. The last thing we need behind the wheel is something shaking our confidence.
While they often lead to confusion, these features are here to improve your safety. We’ve broken down a few of the key safety features you may find in your car.
Have you ever wanted eyes in the back of your head? This is quickly becoming a staple feature with every new can on the market. With new safety features at your fingertips you don’t just have eyes in the back of your head, but all around you.
Many cars are now fit with reversing cameras, displaying guidelines for drivers. These cameras are usually mounted at the rear displaying the area behind the vehicle. Some vehicles even have surround view cameras, displaying a 360-degree view of the car and all its surroundings. These cameras often incorporate lines to guide the path of the driver and key indicators for breaking.
Often incorporated into these cameras are back-up warning sensors. These sensors scan behind your car once you have begun to reverse. Should an object appear directly behind you, the sensors will alert you. Similarly, a rear cross traffic alert feature uses sensors to detect any oncoming obstacles when reversing. Sensors around the rear of the car detect vehicles approaching from the left and right. A warning tone and flashing light on the mirrors or dashboard alert the driver to stop.
Many cars are also fitted with automatic reverse braking. Much like rear cross traffic alert and back up warning sensors, this feature helps drivers to avoid collisions while reversing by detecting obstacles. When no action is taken by the driver following the detection of an obstacle, the vehicles brakes will be automatically initiated.
There are countless new ways that our cars can help us avoid a collision on the road, many of which may be worth considering when deciding what features are right for your car.
Forward collision warning alerts drivers of an impending collision with a slower moving or stationary car ahead. The feature uses cameras and sensors to identify potential obstacles and measure the time at which you will need to break to avoid a collision. When this distance has been surpassed, alerts will begin with sound and lights indicating that the driver needs to take action.
This same technology is used in automatic emergency braking features. These features use the same sensor and camera technology to identify potential collisions. If a driver does not react to the warning signs the vehicles brakes will be activated automatically to avoid a collision.
Two features that have developed in recent year are pedestrian detection and bicycle detection. They both use sensors to help alert drivers of potential dangers on the road. Pedestrian and bicycle detection are designed to identify hazards and alert you with sounds, lights or both. In some models, the feature may include brake activation, much like the automatic emergency brake feature mentioned earlier.
Every car has a blind spot, an area to the rear or side of the car that is not visible to the driver. Blind spot monitors have been developed to provide drivers with greater control over their car and safety. This feature alerts the driver when a vehicle has entered the drivers blind spot with a warning sound or symbol that is often located in the sideview mirrors, assisting the driver in avoiding unforeseen collisions.