Designing cars with concern for safety feature was always a predominant aspect for car manufacturers as well as buyers. While glittering exteriors, performance, brand name were always the first concern for buyers but the latest technology giving a thrive to speed had shifted the center to a little left, towards safety also. Now the big-brand-companies take that extra step to first test drive their product to worst nightmares extremities. They themselves conduct several crash tests and likewise necessitate the implementations.
One may encounter the grand-old-man saying that today’s cars are somehow inferior to their predecessor’s sounds absolute absurd when it comes to safety. Let’s consider a car say from 1960s and go through its interiors, full of sharp edges, thin-rimmed wheels and probably no seat belts with flat driver seat. Now imagine this car getting dashed with a speed not exceeding 50 kph .Technological advancement has surely taken a high ride in terms of speed and safety. Or better to say that speed and safety are directly proportional; the more the former increases the more the latter needs to be upgraded.
Here is some of the latest amelioration in car safety technology:
Anti Braking System (ABS): The situation that the car will skid, slip on wet surface or lose control while braking suddenly is eventually diminished by introducing ABS to lock wheels during brakes. Manufacturers now use computers and sensors to calculate the force and application on each wheel to enhance this technology in optimal situations. Passing the way one makes easily see a car in high speed comes to a sudden halt, preventing hard collision. This is better termed as Stability Control (ECS: Electronic Stability Control).
Seat Belts: Volvo gets the credit for introducing this system in their cars in late 1950s.A survey shows that seat belt reduces the risk of severe injuries to 50%.
Airbags: The General Motors (US) were the first to use this technology. When a car running in high speed meets an obdurate mishap, the sensors start activating and fill gas in the bags, which cushion the passengers against the Newton’s Third law of Motion. There are basically two types of airbags: side and frontal; side impact airbags are those that get involved when side collision is severe. These are fitted either in the seatback or the doors. Front airbags are fitted in the steering and comes into action as soon as the car collides from front, thus preventing driver from injuries.
The implementation of aerodynamics in the structure itself has worked wonders.
Tire-Pressure Monitoring: This system helps the driver to monitor the air pressure inside all the tyres of the car. It also notifies about inflated tyres, increasing tyre lie, reducing fuel consumption.
Pedals are designed to break away in severe crash showing minimum result on feet and ankle. Some cars also give the comfort of driving in dark using infrared night vision, adaptive high beams, automatically swiveling headlights.
The car manufacturers always consider the latest and best experimented technology to ensure topmost safety of all cars and its passengers. This has significantly also seen in statics as the percentage of deaths due to car accidents has reduced, but still far to go.
About The Author: Kelly is a writer. She loves writing, along with travelling. Driving is her passion. She loves cars, and that’s why she is busy to write an article on latest car models like Nissan and Ford.