New technology in cars is on the rise and our vehicles are becoming safer every year. Modern cars are now fitted with superb safety features that are designed to keep you protected on British roads.
- Adaptive cruise control
Cruise control is a popular technology, which allows you to set a particular speed for your vehicle to travel. It’s useful on motorways and dual carriageways when you’ll be travelling at the national speed limit for a reasonable amount of time and don’t want to keep your foot on the pedal. When you apply the brake, the system is reset and you’re back in control.
Now this technology has been adapted to provide even more safety to your driving. The latest cars boast radar-like sensors and cameras to keep you a safe distance from the vehicle in front. When your car gets too close, adaptive cruise control will automatically slow you down and then speed up once again in line with other traffic. This modern technology is present in the new Volkswagen Golf SE Edition range, analysed here by Jardine Motors.
- Forward collision avoidance system
The ROSPA reported 195,723 road casualties in 2012 and it only takes a second’s distraction to miss the car in front braking before it’s too late. Despite your best efforts they’ll still be a collision of some sort and only your reactions will decide the sort of impact.
Forward collision avoidance systems work in a similar way to the technology outlined above and will provide warning signals when you get too close to the car in front.
- Autonomous braking
To aid collision prevention further, autonomous braking is installed in a number of new models to cut down on high impact crashes. Essentially, the brakes are automatically applied if your vehicle is too close to the one in front. The system is normally included in cruise control systems but check with your manufacturer for more details.
- Parking assist technology
41% of drivers admit to parking worries and if you’re one of them, this technology could certainly change your approach to driving and ensure it’s a much less stressful time. More and more vehicles are including this handy system that makes parallel parking a breeze.
The parking assist will guide you into the perfect starting position for the space you’re eyeing up, before allowing you to put the manoeuvre completely into the computer’s hands.
- Rear cameras and parking sensors
Rear-view cameras were once seen as a luxury in the car industry but are now a must-have to ensure there are no nasty bumps when you’re reversing. This feature gives further assurance to the driver that it’s safe to reverse, especially when backing out of driveways or a tight parking spot
Sensor systems are now also a common feature and simply notify the driver when they’re reversing with a succession of beeps. The time between each beep shortens as you get closer to obstructions behind.