Safety is becoming one of the most important factors for automotive manufacturers in designing a vehicle. Many leading brands are implementing collision avoidance technology in the new models. A few recent articles have described those technologies:
Subaru’s EyeSight technologies including adaptive cruise control, active braking, and collision warning, they will be incorporated into its 2013 Legacy sedan and Outback Wagon. Cameras are mounted inside the car, which connects to its throttle and brakes. If the cameras determines a collision is imminent, corresponding software can initiate a series of collision avoidance measures. The adaptive cruise control can bring the car to a complete stop, from speeds of up to 87 mph. EyeSight also features a neat throttle-management function, which can cut engine power in certain near-collision scenarios. Read the full article at Car and Driver.
GM is also working on a technology called wireless pedestrian detection. It’s a feature potentially capable of detecting pedestrians and bicyclists on congested streets, or in poor visibility conditions, when the driver may not notice them. Read the full article at GM FastLane.
The Infiniti JX35 is making its way to build an uncrashable car, with back-up collision avoidance measures. Try to back up into somebody or something, it beeps, switches the large dash display to a view of a rear-mounted camera, and, if all else fails, hits the brakes for you. What else can make a car uncrashable? Read the full article at Mashable.
Overall, the collision avoidance technologies are meant to think on your behave, alert you of the possible danger, and take preventive actions if required. Due to the increasing concern of driving safety, they will not only be available as a premium feature but as a standard option nowadays.
Would you find them helpful? Any drawbacks you could think of? Let us know in the comments.