Safety Concerns on the Rise
According to the UN, 1.3 million people across the world die in road traffic accidents each year, and a further 50 million people are injured. It’s no wonder, therefore, that car safety tech is becoming increasingly popular as drivers strive to protect themselves at all costs.
Indeed, a new study commissioned by MIT has found that 76% of drivers in their 50s will be actively looking for special safety features when they buy their next car, confirming that safety is absolutely paramount – at least for older drivers.
The range of special safety features and car safety tech has increased dramatically in recent years. From apps, to sensors, to cameras, to night-vision displays, drivers can now protect themselves – and others – in a variety of ways.76% of older drivers want special safety features in their new cars Click To Tweet
Meet the Car Safety Tech of Today
Drivers of the Land Rover Discovery, for example, are equipped with a sensor in the front bumper which can detect a collision with a pedestrian. If the sensor detects a collision, it deploys an airbag to soften the pedestrian’s impact, thus reducing the risk of serious injury.
Many cars nowadays also have automatic braking systems, which use radar and laser technology to detect obstacles. If an obstacle is detected, the technology over-rides the driver’s reflexes by braking automatically. This either prevents a crash altogether, or else significantly reduces the damage caused by the collision. The technology has been proven to reduce the likelihood of a crash by almost 40% – making it a popular safety feature for many drivers.
Lane departure warning systems are also highly sought after, since they reduce the risk of accidents caused by driver fatigue. Lane departure warning allows the vehicle to automatically correct itself when veering off-side or reaching lane markings, preventing unnecessary and completely avoidable accidents.
Indeed, with driver fatigue on the increase, many drivers are looking for car safety tech that can save them from their own tiredness. Uber, for example, is launching an automatic alert system that will remind drivers to take a break if they’ve been driving non-stop for too long.
Accident Alerts With the Tap of an App
All this car safety tech will inevitably reduce the risk of accidents – but nothing can make driving completely safe. So what happens if drivers are in an accident? What can tech do then?
Well, it can alert the emergency services to your accident, for a start. Indeed, CrashDetech’s new app automatically monitors your drives by using its ‘smart-drive detection’ functionality. The app can detect a serious car crash simply by using your smart phone’s in-built accelerometer sensors to measure the g-force of an impact.
If the app does detect a crash, it can pinpoint your exact location using your phone’s GPS, and automatically dispatch the nearest ambulance – along with paramedics that know your entire medical history.
Similarly, a Chilean app, SOSmart, sends alerts to your list of emergency contacts if it detects you’ve been in an accident, automatically alerting loved ones to your situation.
Of course, such apps are only useful if you happen to crash somewhere with good enough mobile phone signal. Unfortunately, if you crash in the middle of nowhere with no phone signal, or if your phone is badly damaged during the crash, these apps cannot help.
Whilst all this car safety tech cannot totally eliminate the risks associated with driving, however, they can certainly help. By reducing the impact of human error, and by using smart technology that can react far quicker than drivers ever can, car safety tech can certainly bring peace of mind to drivers concerned about safety.Car Safety Tech: Saving Lives One App at a Time Click To Tweet