The Future of Car Safety

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Automobiles have come a long way since the days of the Model-T ford which, upon ordering, had a windshield option.  It seems every year, cars have more and more safety features and greater test measures are taken to ensure cars withstand accidents. 

Traffic congestion and traffic accidents are a major problem nowadays when driving.  Traffic congestion leads to ‘rush hour traffic’, frustration, road rage, traffic jams and major deadly accidents.  In 2030 the World will have 1.6 billion drivers.  We will continue to just make more cars, bigger cars, safer cars or are we going to have to have a technology that allows cars to essentially drive themselves?

The future of car safety is going to have to look a lot different than the advancements automobile manufacturers have made up to this point.  Imagine airplanes with enhanced safety features, but no ways of navigating the skies.  Traffic control operators are in place to operate and control these highways in the sky, and perhaps, that is what we will need in cars in order to be able to get to where we need to go and avoid accidents and the frustrating traffic jams.

Testing on car safety procedures are well under way with an enhancement in the ability of the car sensor.  Cars will have the technology to gauge distance and speed of other vehicles and be able to react to these issues. 
Have you ever been frustrated by those that follow to close (the tailgaters) or those that don’t stay close enough while in traffic?  The future holds that cars may drive themselves and keep a set distance away so traffic will be able to flow more freely.  They will communicate car to car and navigate around these cars.

The future may hold that cars operate themselves on a network or grid, in which they can detect highways that are congested and opt for various other means.  This in essence may decrease traffic congestion, driver error, driver fatigue, driver frustration and overall accidents.

Safety features such as collision warning systems, sound warnings, blind-spot warning devices, and lane-departure warning devices are features that may enhance safety as well. 

Like airplanes with co-pilot and auto pilot devices, we may see that in the future of car safety, cars may indeed have their own auto pilot devices.

Insurance rates then may decrease due to the safety features of the car, and the future may see a decrease in the amount of accidents.  We may be heading to a bright future in car safety!