Smart Technology Cars

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Smart cars may be the way of the future.  In today’s’ age, drivers are bombarded with multitasking and for many, their attention to driving is at an all-time low.  Drivers have technology at their fingertips such as: cell phones, pagers, GPS, laptops, video games, cameras and entertainment displays.  Not to mention the additional distractions such as reading, writing, eating and attending to distractions in the car (such as children or pets).

Even the most attentive drivers’ can still be subjected to accidents and taking your eye off the wheel even for a second can result in injury or death.  Smart cars, the new age of driving, may help drivers in their ability to sense danger. 

What if your car could sense other vehicles and could then adjust speed accordingly?  For example, if your car sensed there was going to be a danger zone (such as someone running a red light and running into your car) and then could give you a warning signal so that you could then hit the brakes to avoid such a disaster?  Most people would appreciate this warning signal.  This is exactly what car manufacturers are designing.  This system would allow cars to exchange and communicate information with one another.  It would be sent over a wireless network and would download data such as the vehicle’s speed, location and direction of travel.  With this incoming information, vehicles could then quickly alert a driver with an alarm giving the driver time to brake. 

Smart cars may also benefit from the ability to communicate with roadways, traffic congestion, traffic lights and lower speed limit areas such as school zones.  This safety breakthrough might be enough to help minimize accidents by up to 80%. 

Over the years, manufacturers and safety features have come a long way.  From the first system of internal car safety (such as airbags), to external safety features (such as anti locking braking systems) to this new system of electronic communication.  We are now seeing a bigger focus on preventing accidents rather than surviving crashes. 

Smart cars may be the new age of driving for the future.  The collision warning system has the ability to attach inside the car (much like a GPS unit) which then links to the car’s audio display, and then has the ability to communicate with the driver.  Other systems will link the car to traffic lights so that the signals on the traffic lights will adjust according to traffic flow.  Vehicles will also have the ability to communicate to roadway infrastructure to get warnings, for example, the car will be able to communicate with the roadway system and be able to measure the angle of turn and then calculate a safe speed to negotiate the turn.   Do not pass warnings, left turn assistance, intersection assist, forward collision warning and lane change warnings are also other warning systems that will only help the driver in preventing accidents.