Cars are more than just transportation these days. Since accidents are an unfortunate fact of life, manufacturers in the auto industry are constantly working on improving car safety. If you haven’t bought a new car in a while, you’ll be amazed at the number of safety features cars now carry.
Here are a few of the impressive safety features that you can find on 2016 vehicles.
Lane-Departure Warnings and Blind Spot Monitoring
Lane monitoring features range from warnings to keep you from straying outside your lane, such as on the 2016 Kia Sorento, to actual steering assist, such as on Volkswagen’s Golf, GTI, Golf SportWagen, and CC. Blind spot monitoring is also becoming a common feature, and can be found on 2016 models such as the Mazda CX-5, Toyota Tacoma, and Kia Sorento. These features use wide-angle cameras and radar systems to detect everything from the lane markings on the road, to the cars traveling next to you.
Brake Warnings and Assist
In addition to detecting lane markings and cars in your blind spots, radar and camera systems are now able to detect oncoming traffic. These systems either warn you or automatically apply the brakes to prevent a collision. Some systems can bring the car to a full stop from 50 mph. Other systems automatically adjust your cruise control speed as you approach the car in front of you, such as on the 2016 Mazda 6 and the Cadillac CTS. In fact, Cadillac’s 2017 system will actually be able to communicate with similar systems on other vehicles on the road, making collisions even less likely.
Cars with brake warning and assist systems like these include the 2016 Volvo XC90, the 2016 Kia Sorento, and the 2016 Toyota RAV4. Encouraged by the statistics — brake warnings and automatic braking can reduce rear-endings by 14 percent — some car manufacturers, such as Toyota and Lexus, are planning to expand these features to all their vehicles within the next year or two.
Crash Safety Features
In the event of a crash that the car safety features can’t prevent, many cars are being designed smarter about how they protect the occupants of the vehicle. For instance, the 2016 Volvo XC90 is designed to lock the seatbelts if the vehicle flips, rolls, or goes off the road during a crash. This keeps the occupants safely in their seats which are designed to absorb the energy of the landing, cushioning the impact and protecting the occupants’ spines.
One important car safety feature is attempting to reduce the number of crashes that happen because the driver can’t see as well at night. For instance, headlights can automatically switch to high beams when there is no oncoming traffic, such as on the 2016 Lexus RX. Other cars, such as the 2016 Mazda 6, have headlights that swivel as you turn the steering wheel, helping to better illuminate the path of your turn.
With all of these cameras, radar systems, and other sensors, new car safety technology can even make simple maneuvers such as parallel parking easier than ever. Features range from front and rear proximity warnings, to actually operating the steering wheel for you. This feature can be found in the 2016 Volkswagen Golf, GTI, and Golf SportWagen.
These car safety features are becoming commonplace in modern vehicles, which means riding in a car is much safer than it has been in the past. Automated driving and car safety features are expected to become even more sophisticated over the coming years, with the ultimate goal being self-driving cars.