When cars were first introduced in the market, seatbelts weren't even mandatory. It's hard to believe people didn't worry so much about safety in their cars. Nowadays, you will be given a ticket if someone in your vehicle isn't wearing a seatbelt. But it always takes awhile before luxury features soon become the norm in every car. There are currently features out right now that are offered to those who can afford it, but I hope some of them become mandatory soon, for our own sake.
Cruise control does more than just give your foot a break from a long drive. Coupled with sensors and the use of radar, cruise control also adjusts the throttle and brakes to keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you when there are changes in traffic speed. Once any congestion has cleared up, the car will return to its original speed.
A wonderful feature that's been popping up on many luxury cars are blind spot and collision warnings. The car will immediately alert you of other cars or objects that are in your blind spot if you are trying to change lanes or to park. The system will either flash a light, cause the steering wheel or seat to vibrate, or sound an alarm to warn you. We all know how dangerous the blind spot can be and there would be far less accidents if everyone could afford this system in his or her car.
Similar to this system is a lane departure warning. Based on the car's speed and distance, the system will warn you of any danger when changing lanes. It can even determine if you are meandering between lanes, such as when you have fallen asleep at the wheel. Some can detect if you are falling asleep based on a change in posture and head position. It can then slow down the car.
A backup camera system is not new technology. It has been around for quite some time. However, when backup camera systems were first created, they were only available in more expensive cars. Now it is much easier and cheaper to create them and they are offered for just about every vehicle. However, a backup camera system is still not a mandatory feature already built into every vehicle.
Finally, there are occupant-sensitive airbags. Not every human is the same size or weight. Airbags can actually be very damaging to smaller and thinner adults. Sometimes the airbag does more damage than the crash itself. Occupant-sensitive airbags will deploy with the passenger in mind.
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