Connected cars are transforming the way we travel by connecting wireless communications, traffic signals and other sensors that are designed to provide a full view of potentially hazardous situations.
This is critical because the roads are not as safe as they could be. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015, there were 6.3 million motor vehicle crashes, resulting in 2.44 million injuries and 35,092 deaths. By alerting drivers to imminent crash situations, vehicles in their blind spots, and sudden braking up ahead, smart cars have the potential to drastically reduce these numbers.
1. Collision avoidance technology.
Connected cars are capable of communicating with each other, traffic signals, and road signs. Using high-tech cameras and a variety of sensors, these vehicles gather critical information that keeps drivers safe and helps them avoid crashes. For example, collision avoidance systems can alert the driver to potential crash situations, and some cars can react automatically by applying the brakes, closing the windows, and tightening the seatbelts – reducing human errors in response.
2. Parking assistance systems.
Parking assist works on the same principle as collision avoidance. Using information gathered from other cars and sensors, the driver is alerted if they are too close to parked cars, the curb,or even if a pedestrian or other car is approaching. Some advanced systems even park the car automatically, with the touch of a button.
3. Voice-enabled navigation.
Connected cars also feature voice-activated smart technology so drivers can operate in-car audio and navigation devices with voice commands. This allows them keep their eyes safely on the road and reduce distracted driving.
4. Lane departure and blind spot warning.
Lane departure and blind spot warning give drivers an extra set of eyes. They use sensors to warn them if they’re drifting out of their lane, or if objects and other vehicles are moving into their blind spot. Without lane departure and blind spot warning systems, drivers need to take their eyes off the road to spot these hazards, which increases the risk of an accident.