Safety and driving assistance systems consist on one hand of technical and electronic systems and on the other of banal things like seat belts or crumple zones. It is important that car manufacturers install more and more electronic systems in the cars, so that the safety and the comfort of the driver and passengers are increased. Read all about the most important safety systems in the blog.
Especially modern cars now feature a number of different safety and driving assistance systems. On the highway, for example, blind spot assist lets you see when a car is driving in your blind spot and you can't overtake. There are assistants to help you park, and drowsiness detection makes sure you don't fall asleep while driving, but seat belts and airbags are also part of the safety systems.
Nowadays, the following systems are the main ones installed in cars:
- Adaptive cruise control
- Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
- Traction control system (ASR)
- Automatic emergency braking systems
- Hill descent and hill start assist
- Brake assist
- Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
- High beam assistant
- Crumple zone
- Fatigue warning systems
- Seat belts
- Lane departure warning system
- Lane change assistant
- Cruise control
Driving assistance systems
Driving assistance systems are electronic devices that make driving easier and increase your safety. However, these systems not only ensure your safety, but are also increasingly moving in the direction of autonomous driving. There are different categories:
- Information system
With the information system, you always have an overview of the traffic situation. It makes your driving easier. For example, the head-up display, acoustic signals or the display of symbols in the speedometer.
- "Intervene only when necessary" system
These systems are used over a longer period of time and intervene immediately when needed. For example, cruise control maintains the speed and monitors the distance from the vehicle in front.
- Automated systems
These driver assistance systems are usually faster than a human. They include, for example, evasive steering assist and automatic emergency braking systems, which are already mandatory in some cars.
Despite all the positive features, there are some risks. It is dangerous to rely 100% on the driving assistance systems, because technical failure can also occur. Such systems can also cause distraction, for example, when driver input is required, as when controlling speed and distance settings. When a warning occurs, the driver should not be too firmly distracted by it. The driver assistance systems are a good addition. But relying solely on them is not advisable.
Mandatory equipment in cars from 2022
In order for deaths and serious injuries on the road to decrease significantly, car manufacturers will have to install some safety assist systems in cars. Some of these are already available, but they are more of an extra than the norm. Mandatory equipment should include the following driver assistance systems, among others:
- Distance cruise control
- Alcohol immobilizers
- Drowsiness warning systems
- Emergency brake assist
- Reversing assistants
- Lane departure warning systems
A so-called black box is also to be installed in every vehicle, as is already common practice in aviation. In this way, all relevant data from an accident will be stored.
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