It seems that every time you turn around there is something new and exciting available for new cars. It was at one point new and exciting to get a radio in your car. Now not only do you have a radio but it is a satellite radio with the capability to broadcast stations from all over the country. Multi disk CD players and DVD players are almost standard in vehicles these days. The latest trend is one I support totally. Automakers are moving toward using technology to make their vehicles safer on the road.
There are several new systems that are coming on the market that will help prevent accidents while driving. The technology is very advanced and not available for every make and model of cars but will soon become an industry standard. This new phase of technology has been created to help drivers prevent accidents. Many of the luxury-vehicle makers are now marketing advanced warning system for some of the automobiles in their line.
Volvo now has what is called a Blind Spot Information System. This system uses outside cameras to alert drivers as to when other cars are in their blind spot. It will activate an amber light on the left front window pillar to let the driver know.
Mercedez-Benz now has what is called Distronic Plus system which uses both long and short range radar systems to distance the driver from moving vehicles ahead. It will alert the driver using chimes if they are closing in too quickly. It also will prepare the car for a collision by tensing up the seatbelts and cuing up the airbags. If the driver does not respond the system will begin to brake the car up to 40%. Once the driver responds the system will relinquish its power back to the driver.
Infiniti has what is called Lane Departure Prevention. This feature will physically prevent the vehicle from drifting if the driver does not intend to. The system determines this by recognizing if the car is passing over a lane line when the turn signal is not used. This feature will then apply the brakes on the opposite side of the vehicle which will ease the vehicle back into the lane.
BMW is now offering a Lane Departure Warning which essentially will determine the same as Infiniti’s Lane Departure Prevention. The steering wheel will rumble to alert the driver of the lane crossing s the difference. Also, it will not activate the brakes and has the option of being turned off.
Lexus now has what is called Pre-Collision System. This system has cameras mounted on the front of the vehicle and can sense when a frontal collision is possible and will tighten the seatbelts and boost the brakes. The action is relaxed once the driver responds.
These are all excellent systems and beneficial to the driver but it needs to be remembered that even with every warning system installed there will always be the potential for automobile accidents. The driver has no control over the actions of the other drivers on the road. That issue and uncontrollable factors, such as weather, will always put a driver at risk for automobile accidents. Be as safe as you can once you hit the road. With every system available the most valuable is your attention to the road as you are driving.