More autonomous features on new vehicles will lead to enhanced road safety
Vehicle manufacturers are developing a range of features designed to reduce driving risks and enhance safety. Many of these innovations feature autonomous designs and it’s estimated that up to 2,500 lives will be saved by the year 2030 as a result of enhanced road safety. A total of 25,160 people were killed or injured seriously due to road traffic accidents in the year to September 2016 and up to 90% of these accidents were related to human errors.
Principal causes of accidents on the roads
Speeding is a major cause of accidents on the road, and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) estimates that 6% of injuries from all road collision result from driving at inappropriate speeds.
The use of mobile phones while driving is also a great danger to many road users, as drivers quadruple the risks of crashing when using a mobile device.
Poor road conditions are also a major factor in the number of accidents on UK roads and it’s estimated they may play a part in around 10% of accidents. Examples include potholes which may cause a driver to lose control of a vehicle, as the impact of passing over a deep pothole can be similar to that caused by a collision at a speed of 35mph.
Some current safety features in vehicles
Some of the current safety features already supplied in new vehicles include technology to detect lane departure, parking assistance such as screens, sensors and cameras, and AEB (autonomous emergency braking) which is becoming increasingly common on new vehicles.
Some of the proposed developments include brain to vehicle technology which utilises signals from the brain of the driver to detect signs that the steering wheel or brake is about to be applied and makes cars react more quickly, virtual maps from suppliers such as Mobileye which help prevent collisions and provide data on upcoming hazards and traffic density, and biometric sensors which will pick up when drivers are stressed or tired and may even take over control of the vehicle.
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