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How Technology is Working to Improve Vehicle Safety

Written by: Lamark Media
April 21, 2017
Did you know that the world’s first seatbelt law was not put into place until 1970 in Australia? It wasn’t until 1958 that the inclusion of seatbelts in vehicles became a standard practice.

Anti-lock brakes and airbags followed the installation of seatbelts. Since then, much more cutting-edge technology has become widely available. These days, there are various protections against collisions, and self-driving cars and trucks are being tested in various states.

Below are some of the more innovative technologies that are keeping drivers safer than ever before.

Collision Warning Systems

Warning systems have been developed to give drivers warning of an imminent collision or to automatically take action by steering away, braking, or doing both. In 2016, approximately 99% of U.S. automobile manufacturers agreed to include automatic emergency braking systems as a standard feature on all new cars by 2022.

360-Degree Camera

These cameras improve visibility when backing up or parking. Additionally, blind spot monitoring technology can warn you when a vehicle is in your blind spot while changing lanes.

Lane Departure Warning Systems

Similar to the blind spot alerts, lane departure warning systems alert you with a warning that you’re drifting out of your lane. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 72,000 crashes in 2013 were caused by drowsy drivers. Driving while drowsy is a common cause of drifting between lanes.

Active Park Assist

If you dread parallel parking, this is one feature you will want to consider. Active park assist helps parallel park a vehicle without needing the driver to turn the wheel and get into the space.

Personal Assistant Services

With the introduction of OnStar, drivers can quickly get assistance if their car has broken down, been involved in an accident, or if the driver has locked their keys in the car.

A slew of other technologies such as adaptive cruise control, remote vehicle management, Bluetooth connectivity, app integration, and more, are leading to the creation of high-tech vehicles. While many of these technologies were developed to make driving safer, some of them have also led to an increase in distracted driving. It is essential that drivers use technology responsibly and put safety first whenever they are behind the wheel.

If you were hurt in an accident, you only have 14 days to have your injuries documented to be eligible for personal injury protection benefits. When you need help after a car crash, contact a doctor at ChiroCare of Florida.

With 8 conveniently located offices, you can visit a chiropractor near you and get the medical attention you need.

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