Technology Trends to Watch—Driver Safety and Crash Avoidance

We live in the 21st century, and as such, a lot of technological know-how is in the process of changing the way that Americans drive. New systems, such as in-vehicle crash avoidance systems, V2V communications, and self-driving vehicles used to be the stuff of science fiction books, but they are now a very real engineering destination for many companies. In 2011 and 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and their research partners began conducting Safety Pilot driver acceptance clinics to assess drivers’ views toward such technologies, and have received extremely favorable results (9 out of 10 drivers believed the technology improved driver safety).

Our Chicago lawyers are always reading the latest automotive safety news in order to remain on the cutting edge of the industry, so we thought our readers might also be interested in some of the preeminent focuses of the auto-tech industry.

In-Vehicle Crash Avoidance Systems-This is more or less an umbrella term for the systems being designed to make our lives safer. They provide warnings and sometimes even active control of safety functions.

V2V Communication-V2V stands for Vehicle-to-Vehicle, meaning that this technology enables automobiles to automatically and perpetually end and receive messages and warnings to the cars and other systems around them. These communication devices work through w-fi like networks, and create an interactive atmosphere to alert individuals of approaching hazards. Last August, the U.S. Department of Transportation conducted another phase of the government’s vehicle safety research in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which included nearly 3,000 cars, trucks, and buses. The NHTSA has announced that they will make a decision on the future of this technology later this year, but the future of this system looks bright.

Self-Driving Vehicles-Automation of motor vehicles is a challenging but potentially important method for reducing the risk of accidents on the road. Software systems will likely use a combination of sensors, GPS, V2V, and telecommunications to gather information and intervene in safety-critical situations.
Systems such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and other technologies have scratched the surface of driver assistance, but research continues to be conducted regarding reliability and cyber security of software. This is an exciting thought, but it is likely that it will take quite a while to implement safely and successfully, and as a result, we may not see this become a full reality for many years. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

Driver error is a contributing cause in millions of accidents each year, and these innovations are the latest in the process of making our lives a little bit easier. Our attorneys are committed to staying informed on these issues, and this helps us better serve our clients when they need our help. If you have been the victim of a Chicago car accident, we know the intricacies that make up the legal and automotive system, and we will put our experience to work to get you the compensation you deserve.

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