Technology that Improves Driving Safety
Vehicle Technology has come a Long Way
We have all heard the saying “They just don’t build them like they used to!” before. It’s true, vehicles built now are not built the same way that they used to be built. And that’s a good thing! Even just a couple of decades ago vehicles were nowhere near as safe as the current models.
Every year more and more technology is integrated into cars. In fact, vehicles in the very near future are likely going to be self driving. All of this tech only does one thing: it makes the vehicles easier and safer to drive. Here are some of the latest developments that are keeping you safe on the road.
Lane Departure Assistance
Lane departure warning has been around for quite a while, but it’s becoming more and more standard in new vehicles. Sensors in the vehicle determine where the lines are. If you start to drift too close to the line, new cars will actually take over the steering and “nudge” you back into your lane. It does have some faults, and can be annoying if you are intentionally trying to move to the far edge of the lane.
This technology helps to save many lives if you’re groggy or have a medical condition. But it isn’t perfect, and you still need to be 100% aware when you’re driving.
Collision Warning System
Collision warning is a little bit of a misnomer. New cars will prevent the collision, not just warn about an impending one. You generally have to be travelling at a minimum speed (usually 15-20mph), and if you get too close to the car ahead of you, the vehicle will brake on its own. We have all see the commercials, and this technology will save thousands of lives over the years.
How many of us have bumped into a vehicle while trying to parallel park? It’s not an easy task, especially when the spot is tight! The days of the dinged bumper are coming to an end as parking assistance is being integrated into more vehicles. This technology will steer you right in, straighten the wheel at the right time, and ultimately save you money.
Some of the latest technology that’s only seen in higher end vehicles (for now) is adaptive headlights. The idea comes from your headlights not doing much good when the road curves. Traditional lights point straight ahead, which is great when the road goes straight ahead, but as it curves the road which you will travel on is left in the dark. Adaptive headlights will sense the slight curve in the wheels, and adjust the lights to show you what’s coming up.
Adaptive Cruise Control
How does cruise control get any better? When it can tell what traffic is like up ahead. On our Montana highways we often set it and forget it. But when there is a vehicle pulling a trailer going 60 or 65, we don’t realize how quickly we will come up behind them. With adaptive cruise control your vehicle will use radar to determine how fast you are moving compared to the vehicle ahead. If you’re coming in hot, it will adjust your speed so you don’t rear-end someone while you’re travelling 80mph!
Big Sky Collision Center Fixes Vehicles
As technology progresses we hope to see fewer and fewer accidents. But even if every vehicle made from today forward was fully autonomous, it would still take decades to integrate into everyday life. Until that time, accidents are going to happen. That’s not to mention the unpredictability of the roads in Montana (will autonomous vehicles be able to avoid a deer?).
If you have been in an accident, bring your vehicle to Big Sky Collision Center and have it restored to full factory safety standards.