• New Technologies Work To Stop Car Crashes
  • August 2, 2012 | Author: Jeffrey H. Rasansky
  • Law Firm: Rasansky Law Firm - Dallas Office
  • New Technologies Work to Stop Car Accidents

    Car accidents are among the leading causes of death for many different groups of people and, to reduce them, new technologies are being developed. According to a story on CBS news, some of this new technology is showing a lot of promise in reducing the amount of accidents that drivers are likely to have. This technology includes some rather simple ideas that go a long way toward making it easier for drivers to operate their vehicle safely.

    Headlights

    One of the persistent hazards of driving is the fact that, when you take a corner in your vehicle, your headlights don't move with you. Your headlights, in effect, are not actually pointed where the vehicle is headed. Adaptive headlights are designed to remedy this problem. Adaptive headlights turn as your vehicle turns so that the beam of light is shining in exactly the direction you're headed. According to research from the Highway Data Loss Institute quoted in the CBS story, the amount of insurance claims related to collisions for cars that were equipped with adaptive headlights was down 10 percent compared to vehicles without them.

    Forward Collision Avoidance Technology

    Forward collision avoidance technology include several different devices that are designed to prevent collisions from occurring with objects in front of the car. Some manufacturers have systems that automatically apply brakes and others have alarms. The research by the Highway Data Loss Institute found that there were 14 percent fewer insurance claims filed for vehicles with the systems that apply brakes and sound alarms. For systems that only apply brakes, the amount of claims dropped by 10 percent. Vehicles with alarms but no automatic braking were reported to not have seen any significant reduction in claims, according to the report.

    The third type of collision avoidance technology that was tested was a lane departure warning device. The idea behind this device is that it alerts the driver when the vehicle is starting to drift out of the lane that it's currently in. This technology didn't do anything statistically significant to reduce insurance claims.

    The article does point out that, at present, these types of technologies are not available in everyday passenger vehicles. If you have a luxury vehicle, they may be available to you. Like airbags and other technology, however, safety technology of any kind tends to become ubiquitous after it's available for a time and, eventually, regular everyday vehicles may have equipment such as these devices installed in them.