Kwik Fit | Tuesday 15th October 2019 12:29pm
Automotive technology is consistently improving and developing. In terms of both safety and performance, important developments have been taking place to improve the vehicles we drive. The cars of today look completely different from the cars of thirty or forty years ago. The operational aspects and aesthetics have dramatically changed and are still in the process of changing.In this blog, we take a look at the latest technology which is helping to keep us safe on the roads.
Night vision technology is already utilised heavily by organisations such as the army. This technology is now being used in an increasing number of vehicles. It is helpful for night time driving as it improves visibility for drivers. Especially useful for drivers on dark country lanes or unlit motorway sections. Although, this is typically found in more expensive vehicles currently, it is gradually expanding across a range of vehicles.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is used to help the driver remain at an appropriate speed in relation to the vehicle in front. This improves the experience and safety of motorway driving in heavy traffic. It helps to prevent driver fatigue and avoid unnecessary accidents by automatically moderating vehicle speed.
Autonomous Emergency Braking
Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) is an important technological development to help to prevent accidents caused by driver error. This technology has been created to bring the vehicle to a stop automatically when a hazard is detected. This reduces the risk of accidents due to drivers reacting to obstructions too late. At Continental’s Vision Zero Live events, they demonstrate this technology firsthand.
One of the areas of driving that many drivers find challenging is parking. Autonomous Self Parking (ASP) relies on sophisticated sensors which allow the vehicle to get into a parking space without input from the driver. If the sensors detect potential hazards, the vehicle will automatically come to a stop and only attempt the manoeuvre again when it is safe to do so.
Intelligent Speed Assistance
Governments are considering making this technology compulsory in vehicles. It restricts the car to the speed limit and when paired with Adaptive Cruise Control, the vehicle will automatically speed up or slow down as the speed limit changes.
Hill Descent Control
This requires the driver to trust the technology. Hill Descent Control (HDI) is possible when the driver doesn’t touch the brakes when going down a hill. The brakes are automatically activated to steadily bring the car down the hill while the Anti-Lock Braking system keeps the vehicle stable. Some drivers may not be comfortable with surrendering this much control but when you see the technology in action, the benefits of it are clear.
360- Degree Camera Systems
Cameras are placed around the car which provide drivers with a view of the surroundings which wouldn’t be possible otherwise. This is especially useful for tight spaces where it is important to be fully aware of your surroundings.
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