INNOVATIONS IN CRASH AVOIDANCE AND PROTECTION
Auto Innovations and the Future of Safety
The U.S. Department of Transportation has called innovations by car manufacturers a “revolution in safety.” This is the most innovative time in automotive history. As a result, today’s auto is more than just transportation, it’s the most sophisticated technology owned by most consumers. Every day, vehicles are getting more advanced with new safety enhancements.
Crash avoidance - or “driver assist” - technologies employ sophisticated software to interpret data from sensors, cameras, and radar-based technologies that allow vehicles to sense the environment around them and assist drivers by alerting them to impending dangers. These include blind spot monitoring, lane departure warnings, automatic braking and a range of new cameras, sensors, and radar systems.
Today’s automobiles have a range of airbags – front, rear, side and even curtains – as well as a long list of safety enhancements, including structural reinforcements to the passenger compartments and advanced safety belts. These safety features have helped to enhance occupant protection in the event of a crash and reduce the impact of crashes.