More than a million people die all around the world as a result of car accidents and collisions on the roads, with a majority of these incidents being caused by human error. However, experts in the car industry have been developing beneficial technological features in order to significantly eliminate the often devastating consequences of bad driving. Here are 5 up and coming technologies which will make car crashes a rarity on the roads in the future:
Ever been driving in the fog or dark and were unable to see the line of the road you were travelling on? This will become a problem of the past as research is being conducted to create augmented windscreens which allow drivers advanced vision. Using infrared cameras to track the drivers head position and gaze, the technology will be able to assist by highlighting areas of the road impossible to see with the human eye.
Famous car manufacturer Mercedes is currently experimenting with storing airbags underneath cars rather than within them. This is to prevent crashes by sensing when a car is about to crash and then deploying, slowing down the car and doubling its stopping power, integrating the airbag into the car as an active safety feature.
New Eye Tracker Technology For Truckers
For drivers of large good vehicles micro-sleep is a common problem, where drivers temporarily lose consciousness whilst driving from anywhere from a second to thirty seconds before they wake up.New truck tracking technology however will solve this problem by causing the drivers seat to vibrate and sounding a loud audio alarm in the event that their eyes close, which the software will be tracked. One of the most advanced HGV tracking systems, it has already been backed and sold exclusively by Caterpillar Inc, and will soon become a common feature in lorries, trucks and vans across the UK.
Intranet In Your Car
Revolutionary wireless Vehicle 2 Vehicle software will be installed in cars of the future which inform drivers of not only upcoming hazards, but also of the route, speed and position of nearby drivers. Further Vehicle 2 Infrastructure technology would also be able to tell you when the traffic lights are about to go to red, whether theres a new speed limit coming up, and a wealth of other beneficial information. This will have major safety benefits, with reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration predicting that both forms of technology when used together will reduce crashes on the road by 81%.
Cars That Drive Themselves
No longer confined to public imagination, self-driving cars will be a reality of the future. Google have already been actively testing self-driving cars in the U.S. in California and Nevada which use lasers, radars and cameras to determine routes, react to hazards, and analyse information about their surroundings much faster than a human driver could. This not only would give people more time to use as they wont be stuck in traffic, but would also drastically decrease the amount of accidents caused on roads due to human error.