Published On: Mon, Nov 5th, 2018

What is Modern Vehicle Safety Technology?

Safety is a priority for auto manufacturers, and major brands include modern Vehicle Safety Technology (VST) to help reduce drivers’ risk of accidents on the road.

VST covers a variety of different systems introduced to maximize vehicular safety, drawing on such innovations as GPS tracking and sensor technology. Collisions, injuries and even fatalities may be avoided as Vehicle Safety Technology continues to advance, but what does it involve?

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Below, we explore those systems currently available and in development:

Electronic Stability Control

ESC can help drivers avoid a collision by identifying the danger of the vehicle skidding when an emergency swerve is performed. This technology stabilizes the vehicle by braking specific wheels only, rather than all four.

Driver Drowsiness Detection

This safety precaution reduces the risk of exhaustion-related accidents. It monitors the driver’s steering, the car’s positioning on the road, behavior patterns and more to alert them when drowsiness sets in.

Emergency Braking Systems

This VST can help to avoid potential collisions by warning drivers of impending danger. If they fail to react to this, the system will apply the brakes and other safety features to stop the collision (or at least minimize damage).

Vehicular Communications

Vehicles employing wireless communication would be gifted with the ability to sense their proximity, even accounting for blind spots. V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) systems are coming closer to being made mandatory in all light-duty vehicles, though there’s still work to be done to perfect it.

Blind Spot Monitors

Blind spots at the sides of vehicles can be dangerous, leaving drivers unaware of potential dangers. Blind Spot Monitoring, though, screens them constantly using sensors to detect oncoming vehicles.

Roll Over Protection

This VST allows certain vehicles to avoid rolling over. The system detects key occurrences — such as swerving or unexpected acceleration — and drops the speed automatically.

Speed Alerts

Speed Alert systems manage speed to reduce the risk of speed-related collisions and accidents. This identifies the vehicle’s position using GPS before checking its speed compared to limits recorded in a database. Drivers will then be notified when they’re exceeding (or about to) these limits.

Lane Support Systems

These systems are developed to warn drivers changing lanes without indicating their move to others around them. Lane Support Systems keep track of the vehicle’s placement in its lane and will either assist them to correct course or warn them of their mistake. This can help to prevent accidents caused by lapsed concentration.

Each of these VST systems can play a powerful role in helping drivers stay on course, aware of their position on the road, operating within speed limits and more. Advancing technology and ongoing research and development may save more lives in the future, but we have to bear in mind that these are won’t be present in every vehicle. Drivers won’t always follow the warnings given and accidents will still happen.

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Author: Anna Zannis

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