Are you in the market for a new car, or are you just interested in the automotive technology currently in development? Even though driverless cars may still be at least a decade away, there are new automated technologies that are making it much safer to drive. Here are a few of the currently leading technologies and how they are going to make travel safer for both drivers and passengers.
Lane Departure Warnings
Sometimes when a driver is distracted or tired, they may begin to stray into another lane. Advanced vehicles today can detect lane departures by tracking the lines on the road; once these lines have been crossed without signaling, the vehicle will prompt the user with a tone. Some more advanced lane departure systems can actually adjust the vehicle as well -- provided that there are no other obstacles in the driver's way. Lane departure warnings are an excellent feature for those who have long commutes or frequently take lengthy drives.
Not all accidents occur when the vehicle is being driven. Parking accidents account for a substantial number of incidents, and they can still be potentially dangerous and expensive. Automated parking solutions are able to park vehicles for the driver -- some luxury vehicles can even manipulate themselves into parallel parking stalls, which many drivers notoriously struggle with. Automated parking systems are often able to use visual feeds and radar to detect any potential obstacles.
Traffic Jam Assistance
One of the newest forms of automated technology, traffic jam assistance was first introduced to vehicles in 2015. Traffic jam assist is essentially an automated mode that is designed to keep up with traffic in congested areas; it can start and stop the vehicle to make driving in traffic safer. Many accidents happen in traffic jams because drivers become fatigued and less conscientious, and because they are stuck in very tight quarters. Though completely driverless vehicles may still be in testing, navigating through a traffic jam is significantly safer because of the low speeds involved.
Automobile manufacturers are steadily moving towards a future in which vehicles will be able to drive themselves. Until that occurs, many of the features related to automated driving will be slowly introduced into more conventional vehicles -- making them both safer and easier to drive. For more information regarding the new developments in automotive technology -- and improvements you can invest in to make your car safer -- contact the experts at Mobile Installation Services.
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