The fight against road mortality does not only involve new legislation, the technological advances proposed by manufacturers also have a role to play! Discover what are the devices that really improve safety on the road, while optimizing the comfort of motorists.
Blind Spot Detectors
And sometimes it can be difficult to spot a 2-wheel … The blind spot mirrors provide an answer to this problem: a light signal appears on the mirror when a vehicle is overtaking you and an audible warning sounds if you operate your turn signal at the same time.
Remember: blind spot detectors finally provide an answer to a problem that causes many accidents. What greatly diminish them.
360 ° vision
Who was never surprised by a pedestrian tumbling out of an underground car park? With the 360 ° vision system, multiple cameras are placed on the vehicle to allow the driver to “see the invisible”. He can view in his central screen all of his environment. This technology can also be very useful for parking without hitting the sidewalk.
To remember: especially useful at low speed, this innovation foreshadows what will be the autonomous automobile of tomorrow, which will not need the human eye to react.
Cruise control and distance
Respecting safety distances is never easy when traffic becomes denser. With the help of radars placed at the front of your vehicle, acceleration and braking can be managed automatically if the speed is less than 40 km / h. In plugs, this device makes sense by combining security and comfort.
To remember: the many successive starts in traffic jams increase fuel consumption. With automated speed management, vehicles can optimize these phases at idle.
Helps maintain the path
In addition to the regulator, some new vehicles are equipped with a directional assistant that identifies the markings on the ground and transmits the information to the assisted steering. The goal: keep the vehicle in the middle of the line, as long as the road is not too winding.
To remember: when the first signs of fatigue are felt, help in maintaining trajectory can be life-saving.
The autonomous car is not yet a reality accessible to the general public … However, many technologies already use the same mechanisms. This is the case of emergency braking which is being perfected more and more. It can detect vehicles, but also pedestrians, present on the path of the vehicle … and acts accordingly to avoid the collision.
To remember essential equipment to reduce the road accident.
Deconcentration of the driver to monitor the speed of the vehicle or to consult the route on the GPS can be an accident. That’s why automakers are constantly improving the driving experience by optimizing access to different information. The head-up display has proven itself and tends to become generalized to less high-end models. Another notable change is that the new dashboards include LCD screens that display all the useful information without having to look away from the road.
To remember: aesthetically, this development may displease the purists of dashboards in the old. But on long journeys, this more “direct” display offers definite advantages.
Offering better visibility to motorists is one of the challenges of manufacturers. With LEDs, lasers or xenon … automotive headlights have been constantly improving in recent years to ensure better efficiency and/or range of lighting.
Among other important innovations developed, the adaptive systems allow to vary the orientation and power of the headlights depending on speed and bends, especially not to dazzle other drivers.
To remember: the lack of visibility at night or in the rain is one of the main causes of accidents and all improvements, if they are democratized, are good to take.
Smart seat belt
The seatbelt continues to be the focus of research to be even more efficient. An electric device, installed in some models, makes it possible to avoid a too sudden tension of the belt, dangerous for the thorax of the users. The pressure adapts according to turns or when the vehicle brakes suddenly.
Remember: The seat belt, mandatory since 1973 in France (1990 for rear seats), is perfecting and becomes a real element of active safety that can incorporate airbags.