Tech on the Road
In an increasingly technology-driven society, its important that we remain focused while on the roads. Our engagement levels while driving along busy streets or highways can easily be deterred with the advancement and introduction of newer technology and gadgets that might make us become distracted. Additionally, with the rise in social media use and mobile capabilities, more and more individuals are becoming glued to their phones as time progresses.
Driving has always been about innovation. Every year for last century, the automotive industry has wowed the world with brand new builds, titanic technology, and upgraded user experiences that drive riders wild. Car companies consistently crush expectations and show audiences new views of the world.
Car Gadgets Helping our drive
Technology has not brought about all negative consequences to our driving capabilities, though. There have been many breakthroughs and advances that have helped society become more conscious of their surroundings.
So what’s hot in car tech now? Which recent features are going to change the way you ride the roads? We took a look at some top trends and gathered them here for you.
There are obvious technological innovations that have been introduced such as the GPS system that allow users to navigate the roadways with ease, rather than pulling out an old-fashioned map. Additionally, newer cars come equipped with backup cameras that help to reduce accidents while putting your car in reverse. In fact, in some areas of the world, backup cameras will be mandatory on automobiles within the next ten years.
Pedestrian Detection System
There are some not-so traditional advancements that have become available to newer car owners in the most recent years. Some of the best introductions include the development of the blind-spot detection devices, that help to keep drivers safe while switching lanes.
Automotive companies are finally delivering what science fiction writers have been talking about for decades: cars that detects object in your path, including pedestrians. BMW and other companies have developed technology that enables drivers to get a split second warning before disaster strikes. Imagine getting a quick warning light that enables you to slam on the brakes and save a life. This feature will save lives, property damage, and lawsuits.
They also help drivers to avoid side-collisions with other motorists while on the roadways.
Additionally, newer technology has been introduced that allows emergency personnel to be the first responders to a crash scene. Automatic Crash Notification systems within cars allow the driver comfort, in knowing that in the event of an emergency, they will have little to nothing to do, to receive assistance.
Though the advancement of technology has brought about many innovations that provide safety and comfort during our drive, we are still faced with many distractions on the roadways.
Bluetooth devices are almost commonplace in newer automobiles, which helps to cut down on the amount of cell phone use while driving. Even with roadway technologies like Bluetooth, it can still be difficult for some to operate an automobile because of the multitasking aspect of the problem.
This is the big one, the holy grail of automotive technology. Top tech groups the world over get closer every year to unleashing this dream onto the roads. Google, Elon Musk, and many other key players in highway innovation have made some big strides over the last few years. Google claims humans cause accidents more often than their robot drivers. Self driving cars will undoubtedly cause social revolution; people will have hours freed up every day, allowing them to read, get work done, communicate with friends, even drink alcohol safely while on the road. The end of drunk driving? I’m sold.
Anti-Drunk Driving Tech
And speaking of car companies coming up with new ways to prevent drunk driving, there’s more. While automatic cars may one day do away with even the possibility of drunk driving, we’re currently stuck with this intoxicated menace. Car companies are on it, though. We’ve had some of these devices for years—keys equipped with breathalisers, etc. But it’s better now. Whereas previously, drunk driving could fool breathalyzer-keys by having enabling friends cough up some clean air, new devices can read the breathe of the driver as they drive. Then the car can just shut itself down. And the roads are one drunk driver safer.
One CNET writer reported early last year on attempting to crash and car and having the the car successfully prevent him from doing so. If cars can prevent themselves from crashing, the world will be a much safer place. Of course, if you’re a passenger in a car that could suddenly slam on its brakes, you’ll need to be extra sure to wear your seat belt.
Here’s another one that’s been in the works for years. Finally, companies like Tesla are making the necessary breakthrough that will enable us to free ourselves from our gas dependency. The electric car is on its way. Batteries are improving, attitudes are changing, and industry leaders are looking forward at the same time as gas prices climb and climate change pushes the issues harder with each passing year.
It's important to recognize that technological innovations in cars are excellent, and help to reduce fatal accidents while on the roadways. Though, these advancements still cannot completely reduce the risk of being distracted while we drive. Its important that we educate those around us and be sure we are all informed of the dangers that we face while on the road. Technology can help aid with many aspects of safety while on the roads, but cell phone use is an area we can all improve upon.