The auto industry is continuing its progress towards the goal of having “autonomous” vehicles. These cars that will someday be operated via automation will theoretically make the roadways safer by limiting the element of human error. Meanwhile, recent developments in automotive technology are aimed at preventing vehicle crashes. Safety belts and airbags are designed to reduce the chances of severe injury or death when a vehicle is involved in a collision. The latest advancements in auto safety are geared to prevent the collision from occurring. Front crash prevention systems employ several kinds of technology including cameras, radar, and laser. These units act as sensors or scanners to recognize when another vehicle or object in either too close ahead or has suddenly entered the path of travel, posing an impact risk. When a potential problem is recognized, the system immediately alerts the driver. In addition to merely providing an alert, automatic braking technology goes a step further by automatically engaging the vehicle's brake system which may prevent a collision or assist by reducing the speed at which the impact occurs. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently completed reporting on vehicles which have front crash prevention and automatic braking systems with some positive findings as follows:
- Forward collision warnings reduce crashes by roughly 23%
- Vehicles with the autobrake system reduce these crashes by approximately 40%.
- The technology will definitely reduce the volume of crashes and lessen the resulting injuries such as whiplash.
- Approximately 700,000 fewer annual accidents could be avoided.
Another variation associated with these safety advances uses the front crash prevention systems and automatic brake technology in conjunction with the vehicle's cruise control option. This adaptive style cruise control employs the technology to ensure the car is maintaining a safe distance between a car and the vehicle(s) traveling ahead. This seems to be a worthwhile application of the technology, as drivers tend to be less engaged and attentive without the concerns of monitoring speed and manually accelerating while in cruise control mode.
It appears that manufacturers are committed to adoption of these systems in their vehicle production. The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the IIHS made an announcement that twenty auto manufacturers are committed to having auto brake response systems as standard vehicle equipment by 2022. This is a commitment from approximately 99% of the manufacturers that produce cars for usage in the US.
The reality when traveling along Colorado roadways is that accidents will happen and many of them result in serious injuries and fatalities. The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal has been representing those victimized in auto accidents when they need it the most. Through expertise in the interpretation of the law and years of involvement in impassioned negotiations, we stand up for the rights of you and your loved ones. Make the call to the office today for a free consultation.