1. Speed-limiting Technology Features to be Mandatory in the EU
A report from the European Transport Safety Council found 26,000 road deaths happen in Europe every year, and speed is one of main causes. In light of this, all new cars in Europe will be a mandatory requirement to have speed limiting devices installed.
Intelligent Speed Assistance system (ISA)
For those who don’t know, to ensure drivers maintain the speed limit, the ISA system will use GPS and street sign detection. If the car exceeds the speed limit, ISA sends out visual and audible warnings to the driver. The European Transport Safety Council believes that the technology could reduce road collisions by 30% and deaths by 20%.
Volvo was the first manufacturer to roll out the system across all its models, and other car manufacturers such as Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot/Citroen, and Renault also already use the ISA system in some of their models.
2. Volvo to Utilise Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) Technology
Another step forward in safety technology where Volvo leads the pack is the manufacturer’s integration of LIDAR technology as standard equipment in their vehicles. The first Volvo to feature this technology will be the successor to Volvo’s current flagship, the XC90, set to be revealed in 2022.
Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) Technology
For those who don’t know, LIDAR is a system of advanced sensors that allows the vehicle to create higher quality images of its surroundings – this in turn helps the vehicle avoid obstacles. It was developed by the tech start-up company Luminar Technologies.
3. Kia, Audi, Hyundai to Sport Augmented Reality (AR) Windshields
Automotive manufacturers are set to introduce AR technology in cars, trucks, and SUVs. The technology projects data onto the vehicle’s windshield – depending on the vehicle, may display directions or vehicle information, identify obstacles or hazards on the road, alert drivers to potentially dangerous weather conditions, and eventually serve as a screen for entertainment purposes in the case of self-driving cars.
The car manufacturer models to feature augmented reality windshields in the next year or two:
- 2022 Kia EV6 – According to Kia, the EV6 will display 'turn-by-turn navigation' with animated graphics to better illustrate the intended course direction, lane safety information, and a front vehicle indicator.
- 2022 Audi Q4e-tron
- 2022 Hyundai Ionic 5
- 2023 Cadillac Lyriq
4. Tesla Pushes Update on Driver Monitoring Cameras
Earlier this year, Tesla released its driver monitoring system using its in-cabin camera, where newer vehicles with the Tesla Vision system powers Autopilot without the use of radar. An update expands the use of the system into more vehicles with additions such as audible alerts to remind drivers to be attentive and to keep their eyes on the road.
With a neural network-powered camera-based driver motoring system, Tesla’s vehicles now have an extra layer of safety when running their Autopilot and Full Self-Driving suite features.
5. Active Health Monitoring Systems
Automotive active health monitoring systems are the latest technological advancement in the automotive sector. It helps in monitoring the health and vital stats of a driver such as respiration rate, blood pressure, pulse, oxygen saturation, and more.
Drivers can be prone to drowsiness, distractions, and fatigue which can lead to fatal accidents. Biometric feedback sensors with electrodes usually placed nearby the driver’s seat, in the seatbelt, or on the steering wheel, monitors the driver’s health condition, analyses and records any kind of health issues and ensures the safety and wellness of the driver.
The majority of leading automotive manufacturers that are incorporating active health monitoring systems are manufacturers of passenger vehicles only, such as Audi, Volvo, BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagen, and Ford.
6. Ford Files Patents for Retractable Exhaust System
Ford has filed patents for a new exhaust system that can improve the off-roading experience. According to the filing, most vehicles can easily get up an incline without damaging the front but the rear end will often scrape – and the exhaust pipe is one area that is often vulnerable to being scratched, compressed, or deformed, especially when off-roading.
The proposed solution from Ford is an exhaust tip that is separate from the rest of the system which moves forward and backward. Find out about how it works: https://carbuzz.com/news/ford-invents-retractable-exhaust-system-to-improve-offroading
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