Ford and Other Major Automakers Are Exerting Efforts to Make Driving Safer
Driving is dangerous because you never know what’s going to happen to you while in the middle of a busy road. Thankfully, there are automakers who are trying to help make driving not only easier, but also safer for everyone. 2017 ford cars are expected to follow these principles.
Ford introduces a safety addition
Ford is reported to launch a car that has the ability to read road signs and then adjust the speed accordingly through the steering wheel. The system is called the Intelligent Speed Limiter, which combines two existing technologies already fitted in many cars: adjustable speed limiters and traffic sign recognition. Although it is believed that many drivers will be hesitant to give up control, others would be more than happy with the convenience and safety it offers. Ford says that this technology will help motorists avoid violating road rules that could potentially lead to hefty fines and most importantly, accidents.
However, Paul Newton, an automotive industry analyst at the HIS consultancy said, “There’s a plan for speed restrictions to be beamed to your car’s computer systems and controlled from there, rather than requiring street sign visual recognition systems.”
“This would be part an extension of the networks that will connect vehicles, allowing cars to warn those behind them if they are slowing down, which is all part of a move toward autonomous vehicles that drive themselves.”
This new technology in Ford cars will be made available to the public in August, the same time that the second generation of the S-Max cars will be launched in Europe.
Other manufacturers jumping in the bandwagon
In China, Volvo offers in-car software that will apply brakes to a vehicle if it senses a cyclist. The car company also aims to avoid colliding with animals, too.
Mercedes-Benz in Germany launches the Steering Assist System. This technology prevents a car from driving too close to the vehicle in front of them. Plus, it helps drivers to stay on their lane.
Meanwhile, in Great Britain, computer-chip maker Plessey is making a car seat that has the ability to detect the driver’s heartbeat. If it suspects that the motorist is having a heart attack, it will take control of the car, potentially saving a life.