For all of the things that technology does for us these days, improvements in automotive safety can make an immediate impact on our lives. Even for outstanding drivers, the road has been a notoriously dangerous place. But with all of the new features that cars have, the highways and streets are now a much safer place for us and the people around us.
You can look at things like new proximity sensors, winter protection technology, self-driving technology, and Wi-Fi connectivity, and see all of the many ways that driving a car now is safer than it has ever been before.
Probably the most significant safety feature on a lot of new vehicles is the fact that they have proximity sensors. If your car is getting too close to something on many different sides, it will beep at you! Some vehicles even automatically stop. This is a great way to prevent fender benders and also accidentally hitting people around your car that you may not have seen otherwise. When you’re driving on the highways, proximity sensors will go off if you’re too close to another vehicle to the side of you as well, preventing sideswipes.
If you live in a cold and frigid winter environment, then you know the importance of being able to drive safely in the snow. A valuable subset of automotive technology is the fact that you can now buy glass cleaner that doesn’t freeze in the winter. This is a massive benefit because now you can have clear windows without having to worry about them turning to ice as you’re driving in the cold weather. Accidents can and do happen more frequently in snowy and icy conditions, so having that clear view ahead of you is vital.
If you keep up with self-driving technology news, you’ll be amazed at the steps forward the industry is making. Trucks are on the road that utilize self-driving technology. In some urban regions, there are self-driving taxis. The technology is improving almost every month, and pretty soon it will be available on a consumer level, making the roads free from a lot of human error.
Many cars function as hotspots these days too, which means that people have Wi-Fi connectivity on the road. Regarding safety, as long as you don’t use it as a distraction, this is a gigantic safety feature. People don’t have to be distracted looking at maps now. Instead, they have a turn by turn set of GPS instructions that comes through their Wi-Fi system and gets you to where you’re going safely and efficiently. Wi-Fi is also great for emergency situations where you have to connect with someone to communicate a message immediately.