Posts Tagged ‘safety technology’

High-Tech Safety Gear Preventing Crashes – But Raising Insurance Rates

Replacement parts drive up repair costs when there is a crash.

by on Jan.23, 2018

While advanced safety gear may prevent accidents it can run up repair costs when a crash occurs.

New advanced driver assistance systems like blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning have been shown to reduce accidents and prevent injuries and fatalities. So, why are motorists getting hammered by rate hikes, rather than getting discounts when they buy cars equipped with the new technologies?

The problem, according to industry experts, is that once a vehicle actually is involved in a crash replacing something as seemingly basic as a mirror can be far more costly than motorists might expect because of the sensors all those new safety systems require.

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And forget trying to make repairs yourself. Where do-it-yourselfers might once have replaced a broken sideview mirror or even a bumper on their own, the sensors now integrated into those parts need to be carefully calibrated to ensure they work properly.


Autonomous Vehicle Development Gets Boost From FCC

More spectrum aid safety and self-driving technology growth.

by on Jul.13, 2017

Collision avoidance technology like Toyota's Radar Cruise Control moved a step closer to becoming standard equipment with the new FCC ruling.

The development of autonomous vehicles just got a boost with the Federal Communications Commission’s approval of a larger section of spectrum to be used by radar systems, which are integral to the growth of self-driving vehicles.

Prior to the latest approval, motor vehicles were confined to 1 GHz of spectrum for the introduction and development of collision avoidance and adaptive cruise control and, down the line, self-driving vehicles.

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The ruling expands the band that vehicle radars can operate to 5 GHz of spectrum. This will improve lane departure warning, blind spot detection systems, automatic braking and pedestrian detection, the FCC said. (more…)

New Continental Tech Reads Road Conditions

New system uses sensors to configure grip.

by on Apr.07, 2017

Continental AG's new Road Condition Observer uses sensors to determine the level of grip tires have on the road in different conditions.

Continental AG, the big German supplier that played a key role in the introduction of driver assistance technology such as cross traffic alerts and lane departure warnings by several automakers, has unveiled a new system to help reduce accidents during bad weather.

Called Road Condition Observer, the system utilizes a specially developed algorithm that detects the typical features for the four different road conditions: dry, wet, snow-covered and icy.

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“We use sensors available in the vehicle for the Road Condition Observer to gain information on the grip of the road surface,” said Jeremy McClain, head of Systems & Technology for Chassis & Safety at Continental North America. (more…)

Crash: Automakers Race to Outdo Each Other with New, Low-Cost Anti-Crash Technologies

Safety-oriented packages setting new standard for makers.

by on Apr.03, 2015

Toyota's Precollision System uses a camera and laser radar to detect objects and prompt the driver to brake with an audio and visual alert.

This is one collision motorists can look forward to.

Just in time for this week’s New York Auto Show, Toyota announced plans to roll out several low-cost packages combining an assortment of advanced anti-collision technologies. Rival makers have spent the last few days promising to come up with comparable systems, suggesting that they could yield huge reductions in highway crashes, injuries and deaths.

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“We’re so serious about safety we will introduce this technology on virtually all of our vehicles, from top to bottom,” promised Bill Fay, head of the Toyota division, during a Thursday news conference at New York’s Jacob Javits convention center. (more…)

Drivers Want More High-Tech Safety Features in Vehicles

Despite limitations, buyers desire new driver-assistance technologies.

by on Dec.11, 2014

Collision avoidance systems improve safety for individual vehicles and buyers are looking to add that level of safety.

Driver assistance technology, which is found on more and more new vehicles, can help prevent accidents, but drivers should be aware that the new safety features have limitations, according to a new study by AAA.

The testing revealed that blind-spot monitoring systems had difficulty detecting fast-moving vehicles – such as when merging onto a busy highway. Alerts were often provided too late for evasive action, AAA said.

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Motorcycles, which are becoming a more popular form of transportation in some parts of the country such as Southern California, were detected by blind-spot monitoring systems 26% later than passenger vehicles, making them significantly less effective in spotting two-wheeled vehicles in heavy traffic. (more…)

Democratizing Technology

Features once limited to luxury models increasingly commonplace in mainstream vehicles.

by on Sep.16, 2013

All 2014 Toyota Corolla models will offer energy-efficient LED headlamps, a first for the segment.

When the new 2014 Dodge Durango comes to market later this month, it will offer buyers an assortment of new safety features that include Adaptive Cruise Control, a system that quickly can bring the vehicle to a complete stop in heavy traffic, then start moving again when traffic clears.

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala has a similar system that can slam on the brakes in an emergency, helping avoid an accident the driver might not have time to react to.  Meanwhile, Toyota will make super-bright and energy-efficient LED headlamps standard on all versions of the all-new 2014 Corolla sedan.

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These and other features, such as the EyeSight system Subaru is rolling out across its model line-up, underscore a dramatic trend in the auto industry, what might best be called “the democratization of technology,” in the words of Ford Motor Co. Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields.