New Auto Safety Technologies Show Way Forward in Accident Prevention

From active cruise control, that’s already a staple feature in many cars, to thermal imaging systems that can detect humans, animals and objects up to 200 yards down the road, modern cars are becoming well armored, protective cocoons.

It’s been no secret to Las Vegas personal injury lawyers that enhanced auto safety standards have played a major part in the declining highway fatality rates across the country. Other factors like law enforcement efforts and greater awareness have also made a difference, but the one factor that has worked the most to keep motorists safe, is enhanced auto safety technology.

The new safety features are one step ahead of seatbelts and airbags in that they work to prevent accidents altogether, rather than to minimize injuries and prevent death after an accident has occurred. A case in point is active cruise control.  These systems detect if the car is getting too close to the vehicle ahead, and prime braking systems to slow down the car as soon as the driver slams on the brakes. In some of the more advanced systems, the brake pressure is applied automatically, even if the driver does not apply the brakes manually. Some of the systems have problems, in that they can’t differentiate between moving and stationary objects, but newer cars come with cameras and the operational logic necessary to detect this vital difference.

The Attention Assist system is available in several Mercedes Benz models. The system will detect if the driver is beginning to doze off, and will flash a coffee cup warning signal to alert the driver to his enhanced risks of an accident. It’s not exactly rocket science technology, but it should alert a sleepy driver to the fact that he is now entering danger zone.

Even more advanced auto safety technologies include thermal imaging systems that use an infrared camera to scan up to 200 yards down the road. The systems detect humans and animals down the road, and inform the motorist that there’s danger ahead. That means that a motorist is less likely to be surprised when a pedestrian or an animal suddenly comes up ahead of him.

Not all the technology in the world can compensate for driver foolishness or recklessness. However, a majority of responsible motorists will find that these systems dramatically reduce their risks of an accident.

It’s been no secret to Las Vegas personal injury lawyers that enhanced auto safety standards have played a major part in the declining highway fatality rates across the country. Other factors like law enforcement efforts and greater awareness have also made a difference, but the one factor that has worked the most to keep motorists safe, is enhanced auto safety technology.

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Roger Duane Slates II

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