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May 05, 2021

Your Car Knows Best - These New Auto Safety Features Will Surprise You

According to the Centre for Internet and Society, Stanford Law School, “90% of the motor vehicle crashes are caused at least in part by human error”. On the same point, CEO of Octo Telematics, Nino Tarantino, mentioned that, “When you consider, automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of five and thirty-four, safety should be top of mind”. 

To reduce the death rate caused by car accidents each year, manufacturers are taking automotive safety features to the next level. Car safety features are designed to help avoid car accident occurrences. However, in a case where an accident occurs, there are auto safety features that help ease the impact on drivers. These include Air bags, automatic seat belts, and padded interiors.

In this article, we look at top of the line auto safety features embedded in the latest car models to help avoid road accidents. These features are so advanced that they will leave you wondering if your car really knows best when it comes to avoiding road accidents. They are all common features in luxury cars such as Ferrari, Rolls Royce, Toyota Prado V8, Mercedes Benz S Class, Land Rover Discovery and other high end cars.

1. Autonomous Emergency Brake System

This new auto safety feature works as a pre-collision braking system. The AEB feature uses cameras, sensors, and lasers in-built in your car to calculate the distance and speed limits of vehicles in front of you.

Imagine a situation where you are driving, completely tired and possibly falling asleep on the steering, the autonomous emergency brake kicks in without the driver’s input if it detects an incoming collision between your car and another car in front of you. It automatically brakes, pulling your car to a stop to prevent a crash. There are three types of AEB:

  • High Speed
  • Low Speed
  • Pedestrian System

Some cars have all three AEB systems, while some come with just one, majorly the High-Speed detective system. All new cars from luxury car manufacturers such as Lamborghini, Mercedes, BMW, Rolls Royce,  Ferrari, and Land Rover are coming fitted with AEB. 

2. Blind Spot Detection System

It can be hectic looking over your shoulder continually while driving to avoid hitting a vehicle, object, or human not within the visual scope of your rear-view mirror, especially when driving on high-ways.

This is where the Blind Spot Detection System comes in. These new auto safety features use high accuracy digital microwave radar technology to calculate the velocity, range, and angle of moving objects behind your car. It gives a signal to alert the driver of vehicles within a certain range, to avoid colliding into each other.

3. Adaptive Cruise Control System

Going on long road trips can be fun, but driving for hours can get tiring and sometimes lead to accidents. Car manufacturers have improved the cruise control system to a point where your car can automatically drive itself to a certain distance, changing your speed limit when it needs to, and signaling for brake stop when necessary.

This new auto safety feature, ACC, works with in-built cameras to detect objects in front of you and radars mounted in front of your car that calculates the distance and speed of vehicles in front of you.

The adaptive cruise control system works with your car, GPS, and collision avoidance system. These functions help your car in determining speed limits on highways, hills, and even construction sites. And in situations where automatic brake is needed, it sends visual or audio signals to the driver.

4. Lane Departure Warning System

Like every other automotive driving assistance feature, lane departure warning signals keep you focused on the road and alert you when your car makes a lane switch. It might sound trivial but sometimes you might forget to indicate when changing lanes on the highway which is very dangerous and can lead to another car colliding with yours.

When the lane departure warning button is on, it works with a camera and collision avoidance system to detect lane marks and turns. If you switch from your detected lane without properly indicating, the LDW blinks on the panel board and/or makes a beeping sound to signal you leaving the lane.

It is important to note that this auto safety feature does not provide steering help, nor does it help keep your car in a particular lane by itself. The driver is important, but if you ever find yourself distracted while driving, a lane departure warning signal comes in handy. From the Mercedes EQB to Toyota Harrier, nearly all new cars released in 2021 come fitted with this technology.

5. Pedestrian Detection System

This auto safety feature is designed with humans specifically in mind. Walking, crossing the road, or just standing by sidewalks, it helps prevent accidentally hitting a pedestrian. Like the name suggests, it detects a pedestrian in front or at the back of a vehicle using an in-built car camera, wave radar, and pre-collision system.

It uses two different installed cameras, daylight camera and night vision camera. Once your car is in motion, it automatically turns on the camera sensors. And if it detects a pedestrian in your path while driving, it shows an image in the camera on the panel display board in your car, imitating that of a human. It also sounds a warning alarm.

Also, in cases of impending collision with a pedestrian, the pedestrian detection system ignites an emergency brake hold. Although, in some cars, the emergency brake hold works only with the daylight system.

It is surprising how advanced automatic cars have gotten. These new auto safety features make your driving easier, while reducing the risk of accidents occurring. The new age cars sure know best. But always remember, your car still needs a driver to fully operate.

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