Crash Avoidance Technology - What Works & What Doesn't
Collision avoidance systems are becoming available in a variety of cars, trucks, and SUVs. Using radar, motion-sensitive cameras, and specially designed laser technology, these systems allow cars to “see” other cars and obstacles around them. It is thought that these crash avoidance systems will increase driver safety by providing alerts when the car gets too close to other objects. Some systems even use auto-braking technology that kicks in if the driver does not respond to the alert. Thus, these cars will sense dangers and react automatically without the driver’s intervention.
Possible Disadvantages to Consider
While these systems seem like a step forward in safety technology, they also may come with certain drawbacks and hindrances. One such drawback is that the car may be hypersensitive, sending more alerts than necessary. This can quickly become annoying, not to mention unsafe if the sensors start going off unnecessarily or begin to malfunction. Because of this, drivers may be inclined to turn off the system completely, making it irrelevant and unhelpful.
Furthermore, some automatic braking systems work better than others. Thus, even if there is a danger, the brakes may not fully engage. The car’s braking system may also be too sensitive. This may lead to hazardous situations, where a car may screech to a stop without driver initiative, even when there is not necessarily a need for a sudden stop. Thus, there are practical safety disadvantages to consider.
Types of Crash Avoidance Systems
In today’s market, there are a variety of automatic crash avoidance systems. New technology also continually creates opportunities for future research and development of more systems. Manufacturers are including more and more safety systems in their cars, and these can provide many different benefits.
Common types of crash avoidance systems include:
- Rear cross-traffic alert system (helps alert you to traffic as you back up)
- Blind-spot monitoring system (helps alert you to obstacles or vehicles in your blind spots)
- Adaptive headlight system (allows your headlights to swivel when you turn the steering wheel)
- Forward collision warning system (FCW) (alerts you to upcoming threats)
- Autobrake system (partially or fully engages your brakes when a danger is sensed)
- Automatic parking assist (helps you park in parallel or perpendicular spaces)
Certain cars also include drowsiness detection systems that can sense when a driver is becoming drowsy by monitoring steering and movement patterns. Furthermore, pedestrian detection systems automatically brake if a pedestrian is sensed, and lane departure warning systems help drivers remember to use signals when making lane changes. New technology is constantly being developed in the hopes of increasing the safety of drivers and pedestrians on U.S. roadways.
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