Despite heightened regulations and a constant string of technological advancements
over the years, automobile accidents still injure and kill thousands of
us each year—in part due to the sheer numbers of cars on the road,
in part due to human error, etc. However, looking at recent trends that
have revolutionized and disrupted the auto manufacturing sector, we have
reason to believe that automobile safety may be ready to take some huge
What makes us so optimistic? Let’s look at a few of these trends
to find out.
Many people initially had their doubts about features like rear cameras,
self-parking and collision avoidance systems, because the car’s
computer often assumes control with these features. However, over time,
we’re seeing that these safety protocols do protect us against accidents
and injuries because it takes driver distraction and “blind spots”
out of the equation. This trend is making people much less concerned about
the eventual “driverless cars” that may start hitting the
market place over the next decade. As these smart cars join the collective
“Internet of Things,” they are also becoming more intuitive,
learning driver habits such as work days and pre-routing trips to the
office. Since so many accidents are caused by driver distraction and/or
impairment—and far fewer by computer error—removing more of
the human error element may only make us safer.
Again, watchdogs were
initially concerned about driver distraction when our cars started offering more technology wi-fi and Internet access.
However, as vehicle computers integrate more with wireless technology,
the GPS can receive real-time traffic data to automatically re-route,
avoiding accidents and construction zones without distracting the driver.
Drivers can also receive verbal notifications about upcoming weather issues,
icy conditions or other safety concerns. Essentially, wireless technology
now helps the car interact more safely with its surroundings, protecting
the driver and passengers against unforeseen issues.
Windshield Technology and Augmented Reality
Augmented reality (the projection of computer images over real-life items)
is for more than just playing “Pokemon Go.” Manufacturers
are starting to implement this technology to project dashboard information
directly on the windshield, enabling drivers to keep their eyes trained
toward the road instead of looking down. We see this only enhancing automobile
safety in years to come.
If you or a loved one have been hurt or killed in an auto accident, our
Washington D.C. auto accident attorneys can help. Call our office to learn more.