One of the latest innovations in motor vehicle technologies is crash avoidance systems or, as they are also commonly known, crash avoidance technologies. These systems, which are intended to reduce motorists’ risk of car accidents, come in various forms, can significantly increase the cost of vehicles and may be foreign concepts to some drivers (particularly those who haven’t bought or driven a new car in some time).
Here and in an upcoming second part of this blog, we will highlight five things that are important for motorists to know about these systems. While these facts may help inform motorists’ next vehicle purchase, they can also be helpful in the event drivers are involved in motor vehicle accidents with cars that are equipped with crash avoidance systems.
- Crash avoidance systems primarily rely on radar or cameras – Many crash avoidance technologies (including – but not limited to – front crash prevention systems, blind spot accident prevention systems and rear collision avoidance systems) primarily rely on cameras and/or radar. Specifically, these systems typically use cameras and/or radar to determine when there is another object within a specific distance of an area of a vehicle; if an object is detected, these systems may:
- Sound an alert to warn the driver of the presence of another vehicle or object in the vicinity
- Automatically steer the vehicle to avoid the collision.
- Weather and road conditions can affect the efficacy of crash avoidance systems – Given the fact that many crash avoidance systems rely on cameras or radar, it’s possible (and not all that uncommon) that poor road conditions or weather conditions can affect the way these technologies work, causing them to either falsely detect objects or to fail to work properly when such conditions are a factor.
For instance, if the lane marks on a road are significantly faded, it’s more likely that lane departure warning systems will fail to work (as the radar and/or cameras will not be able to detect where the lane is, let alone when motorists seem to be departing from it).
Be sure to check out the upcoming second part of this blog for some additional important information that drivers should know when it comes to crash avoidance technologies.
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