Are Driver Assistance Technologies Saving Lives?

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In the past years, automotive tech has improved immensely. This tech has been more than just convenient with added features that assist with collision intervention, driving control assistance, and collision warning. But how effective is driver assistance technology really? The is here to let you know.

Did you know that in 2019, a majority of the 36,096 people who died in motor vehicle crashes were due to human error? According to the NHTSA, these numbers can be reduced with driver assistance technologies. Here’s a small list of some of the most helpful driver assistance tech out today that could save your life one day:

1. Blind Spot Detection

Blind spot detection uses sensors on the ride of your mirrors or bumpers to detect other cars in adjacent lanes. When a car is in your blind spot, usually an audible or visual warning will go off to alert you about the vehicle. If you’re interested in how this tech works, you can watch a brief video from the NHTSA here.

2. Automatic Emergency Braking

Automatic emergency braking systems apply the vehicle’s brakes to avoid an oncoming forward crash with another car. The NHTSA backs this driver assistance technology as they believe the AEB system is the future of advancements for vehicle safety.

3. Forward Collision Warning

Probably one of the most life-saving features has to be the forward collision warning signal. This piece of technology keeps track of the vehicle’s speed, the speed of the car ahead, and the distance between vehicles. If the car gets too close to the car ahead, the forward collision tech will warn the driver of the potential danger ahead.

Note: Forward collision warnings only provide a warning to the driver and do not deter the vehicle from the impending collision.

4. Lane Departure Warning

One of the newest yet most innovative pieces of automotive tech is the lane departure warning feature. This system monitors the lane markers and will alert the vehicle if it drifts out of its lane. Some cars have a lane departure feature that readjusts the car back into the lane, but not all warning systems take action to avoid a collision.

Michigan Car Accident Attorneys

Unfortunately, driver assistance technology cannot stop negligent drivers. Contact our team today if you or a loved one were injured due to a reckless driver. Due to Michigan’s strict, no-fault insurance laws, there are limits on who can file a personal injury lawsuit, so it’s best to take legal advice soon. Contact our firm today at (888) 211-5798 or visit our Contact Us page to get started on a free consultation.

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