One of the more recent advances in car safety technology is automatic braking systems. Depending on the type of system that is installed in the vehicle, an automatic braking system can either reduce the speed of the vehicle, making the accident less severe, or it can prevent a collision from occurring. Certain systems can activate the brakes without requiring any driver input, while others provide braking assistance. Either way, this safety feature can save lives and prevent serious injuries from high-speed accidents.
While every car manufacturer uses its own unique technology, they all use a type of sensor output, including lasers, radar, or video data. The sensor alerts the system that there is an object in the road ahead. The system will then determine whether the vehicle is going faster than the object it is following and calculate the likelihood of a collision. If an accident is likely, the automatic braking system will activate the brakes. These systems are particularly useful if a driver becomes distracted or starts to fall asleep at the wheel.
Systems That Use Automatic Brakes
Automatic braking systems are mainly used in collision avoidance systems. They warn the driver of an impending car accident by tightening seat belts, pre-charging the brakes, or engaging the brakes. Automatic braking systems are also used in adaptive cruise control systems that measure the speed of the vehicle it is following. If a wreck is likely, it can reduce the speed by cutting the throttle, downshifting, and engaging the brakes.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety maintains a current list of vehicles that are equipped with automatic braking systems, which consumers can refer to when purchasing a new vehicle. Japanese car manufacturers installed automatic braking systems in over half of the vehicles sold in Japan in 2016, while only nine percent of the vehicles in the United States came equipped with the systems. According to an article from The Wall Street Journal, Americans tend to be more resistant to new vehicle technologies and have been known to switch them off in certain situations. However, when the technology can save the lives of vehicle occupants, it is an adaptive change. Fortunately, automatic braking systems cannot be turned off as they engage when a potential collision is detected. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety reported that automatic braking systems can reduce the number of rear-end collisions by close to 50 percent.
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If you have been injured in a car accident, the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton are on your side. High speed accidents can be particularly devastating, and while automatic braking systems are effective, they do not always prevent accidents from occurring. Our experienced and dedicated team will determine the cause of the accident and seek the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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