Nothing remains static, not in our world and definitely in an age like ours.
The world of cars have continued to evolve in a blitz and it isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Nothing less could be expected from the industry which signifies mobility and progress.
When you decide to get a car you think of a lot of things before getting that dream car of yours. Top on that list of what to look out for is the safety precautions of the car that has caught your fancy.
For young people, the decision to pick safety first is not a priority. Car designs and speed hold a priority for younger customers than the older ones but that distribution might just be in the past.
Current trends show that the younger customers are as concerned about safety in the same vein as the older customers.
But just like Automobile fashion, safety in the automobile industry has also evolved.
So what are the safety precautions customers look for before they pay for that car to grace their driveway?
- AIRBAGS: Airbags may seem rudimentary and might have generated some controversies but they are a must-have in any car worth its salt, and here is why. Recent Airbags have a high tech ‘crash sensor’. The ‘crash sensors’ collects data to help prevent the unnecessary deployment of Airbags except in real conditions of an accident. These Crash sensors are placed in vital positions of the car to recognize different accident scenarios and ensure prompt deployment of the airbags. Such positions include Frontal crash sensors which are located in the front of the vehicle near the engine other positions where the crash sensors can be located are the passenger compartment and the electronic control unit (ECU) where side impact sensors can also be located.
- Rearview Cameras: Yes you read it clearly, rearview cameras are the new things in cars. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has passed new regulations requiring visibility in cars weighing under 10,000 pounds. The regulations would be reducing fatalities by a substantial especially those of children. Accidents involving backing up affects children especially children under the age of 5 years. The new regulations would be reducing the percentage of children fatalities as much as 31%.
- Autonomous Vehicles and auto braking: The automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems is a big leap in the current safety steps employed by newer cars. The AEB systems can detect an impending forward crash in time to either avoid the crash or reduce the impact of the collision. The system acts by warning the driver of an impending collision and alerting the driver to take an appropriate action in tandem with the threat of collision. If the driver refuses to take appropriate actions the AEB system may automatically apply the brakes to prevent the crash and where this is not possible it would try to reduce the impact of the collision. This is a step towards self-driving cars but precautions have to be taken towards protecting the owners of such cars and their families.
- Vehicle Cybersecurity; Vehicles needs to be protected from external attempts to gain unauthorized access to the Vehicle systems. Hacking of Vehicle systems has become commonplace than in the past. Hacking Vehicle systems to gain important data or Vehicle functionality vulnerabilities can be done by accessing the Vehicle wireless communications or any smart device connected to the Vehicle. It is important to protect cars in the same manner that computers are protected from hacking.
Other trends in Vehicle safeties include quiet car standard and Vehicle to Vehicle communication
Car safeties can never be overemphasized yet they can’t replace the importance of careful and attentive driving by anyone who is plying any road.
It is best to keep in touch with the current Vehicle safety systems, especially when you value your life and those of your loved ones