Ways Technology is Helping us to be Safer Drivers

By: Lookers Skoda
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, U.K. - July 14, 2020 - PRLog -- Technology in vehicles has constantly been progressing. From seatbelts being introduced in the early 1900s — but only becoming standard in the 1970s — to electric vehicles being set to take over petrol-powered vehicles, the automotive industry is forever trying to make driving safer. Every year on roads across the globe, 1.2 million people lose their lives. It is predicted that road accidents will become the seventh leading cause of death in the world by 2030.

However, our cars have a host of gadgets and advancements that try their best to help us stay safe on the roads. Here, with Lookers, who stock the new Skoda Scala (https://www.lookers.co.uk/skoda/new-cars/scala), we take a look:

Lane monitoring

It's crucial when driving — especially at speed — that you stay in your designated lanes. Not doing so can cause a fatal accident. The lane-keep assist device allows you to monitor the lane lines in order to alarm the driver if they begin to cross over into a different lane. This allows the driver to be reactive and bring the car back into the correct lane, thus lowering the possibility of having an accident.

Fatigue detection

Tiredness can kill. We see a lot of adverts and roadside signs that remind us of this. It may be impossible to state how many deaths on the road are caused by tiredness each year, but driver fatigue contributes to up to one in five accidents. To combat a driver's drowsiness, fatigue detection monitors are now found in many cars. These work by monitoring the driver's steering movements. If it believes it recognises any altering patterns, the technology will then advise drivers to take a break.

Blind spot sensors

A vehicle's blind spot is found between your windscreen, dashboard and pillars. This area can often cause issues when it comes to changing lanes. For some, manoeuvres are difficult due to their blind spot, but thanks to sensors connected to visual and audio systems, some cars can now scan the surrounding area for any hazards.

Virtual hazard mapping

Many vehicles now have a built-in sat nav present for the driver to take advantage of. This makes it a lot easier to get from A to B. However, cars could soon use on-board sensors to get a 360-degree map that shows everything in the vehicle's vicinity. This I2V (Invisible to Visible) technology will allow you to see nearby cars, pedestrians, cyclists and other hazards. While it's not a driving asset just yet, it's thought that this could someday revolutionise the way motorists act on the road as they'll be able to see around corners.


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