The future with no car accidents
Companies are developing technology and improving cars to aid drivers to stop most or all crashes
One million fatal car accidents happen around the world each year but experts in the industry now believe fatal accidents can be stopped. Accidents occur for many reasons, but human error is the greatest reason, drivers go too fast for the weather conditions, make unwise decisions and fail to notice or predict passable hazards. But technology in future cars could help drivers.
Companies are developing technology and improving cars to aid drivers to stop most or all crashes. Bad weather conditions and poor judgment would be safer due to the car changing the speed and other variables. Drivers, passengers, cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists could in the future be protected by car technology.
Volvo is well known for great safety and has the name to the worlds safest car. Volvo is now one of the main car companies leading the future for extremely safe cars.
Early tests are good, the car stops automatically before hitting the balloon test car, despite test driver’s foot being on the accelerator.
He has high hopes for the research being carried out at Volvo: “We believe that accidents are not inevitable.
“And we have a vision that in the future there will be no collisions, there will be no fatal accidents with vehicles any more.”
At General Motors’ research lab, scientists are researching how the car itself can make up for human errors and failures – by enhancing the driver’s senses.
They are developing a prototype windscreen, which they hope will give drivers a kind of “superhuman” vision – the Advanced Vision System.
“What we aim to do is not change a viewer’s perception of the world, we just want to augment key features on the world,” says Thomas Seder, the man behind the project.
Infrared cameras film the driver to monitor head position and gaze direction.
An awareness of where the driver is looking allows the car to assist them when driving would normally be dangerous.
However an issue with all this future safety technology is, will people want to have a car that’s in charge of them rather than the human in charge of the car? And what happens if theres a system crash, and we drive as normal but only when its to late realise the car safety system isn’t working. We could end up being over reliant on this new science and when it or if it fails we wont be prepared for it.
On the other hand this risk is worth taking if it could save a million lives a year.
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