Dec 19, 2011
The communication between cars, the environment, other vehicles and surrounding infrastructure are just some of the directions of technology development available on the “cars of tomorrow.” The car infotainment functions have switched in the last 15 years, from a radio-cassette player to Internet radio and Bluetooth. The progress in automotive technology is driven by mobile terminals, and in the next few years we can witness a boom in car video streaming through the large-scale spread of 3G connections. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Car technology has evolved over the last 10-15 years and ideas that seemed utopian have become reality.
The future of auto safety
They’re the “little extras” you pay for and hope you never have to use. But in an accident, the right safety options can sometimes mean the difference between life and death.
One of the more positive trends in the industry today is that auto makers are pioneering all kinds of gadgets and gizmos designed to keep you and your loved ones safe behind the wheel. Unfortunately, many of the latest features are being introduced first on luxury and high-end models, so you may not be able to get them yet for the family sedan. But not to worry, the best of the technology will be available for the family sedan in a few years. Widespread use of the technology will help the companies that use them recoup their investment.
Futuristic systems make cars safer than ever: Electronic stability control (ESC), Pre-collision systems, Lane control system, Adaptive (radar) cruise control, Active headlight systems, Head-level side-impact airbags, Roof-mounted airbags, Rollover sensors with pyrotechnic pre-tensioners, reinforced roofs, integrated safety belts, the list goes on.
What’s next in auto safety technology? You might be surprised. Here are a few things makers are working on for the next few years or are still on the auto drawing board. Coming soon: Transparent pillars to bracket the windshield, improved pre-collision systems, active headrests and four-point seatbelts to name but a few.
Not high-tech enough for you? Look for cars that actually talk to each other. The next step will be “car to car communication” – telling each other where they are on the road. It’s very futuristic stuff.
Google’s autonomous car
Google is developing a project involving cars that can drive themselves using only artificial intelligence programs. The AI can detect any object near the car and can emulate decisions that an experienced driver would take. Seven such prototype machines have led more than 1,000 miles without human intervention and over 140,000 miles with occasional human control. Such a vehicle has travelled even on Lombard Street in San Francisco, USA, one of the steepest and winding streets in the world.
The advantages of such cars are considerable: the robot-drivers react faster than humans, they have a 360 degrees perception, don’t get distracted, don’t need any sleep, nor drive drunk. Thus, thousands of lives could be saved and many of the accidents avoided – more than 37,000 people died in road accidents in the USA in 2010. Engineers say that the revolutionary technology could double the roads capacity, allowing cars to travel more secure, but also with shorter distances between them. In addition, because robotic cars will be less prone to collisions, could be made from lighter materials, so would have lower fuel consumption.
Car accident claims
In the last 5 years it is estimated that more than 26% of all drivers have been involved in a car accident. The very sad part of this statistic is that the most common of all causes is completely preventable! Here are a few reasons that explain why car accidents happen: distracted drivers, drunk driving and without alertness, doing things while driving, driver fatigue, aggressive driving and speeding, not enough experience, objects on the road.
Smart safety systems on today’s high-end autos are taking ever greater control from drivers to avoid collisions or, at least, reduce injuries and fatalities. Within a few years, cars will steer clear of accidents without any driver input at all.
Until then, we still need Injury lawyers in case of car accidents, and we still have to make Whiplash Claims or Personal Injury Claims.
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