Can your car wake you up if you get sleepy behind the wheel? Or recommend a good Mexican restaurant? These nine technologies will soon change the way we think about cars.
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Current market safety sensors
If you have shopped for a brand new car in the last few years, especially a luxury car, you've started to see this trend in action. Parking assist and backup cameras are yesterday's news. Increasingly, we're seeing cars with lane control, active cruise control, tailgating warnings, braking assist, and collision prevention technology. They all rely on a series of external sensors (usually a combination of radar and visual sensors) to determine how close an object is. The sensors usually give an audio cue followed by automated intervention. Braking assist (pictured) is one of the best examples as it really makes simple use of technology to prevent the most common of collisions. A newer application of this technology is active cruise control, which decelerates slightly for you when you are approaching a slower car. While none of this technology can prevent sudden violent movements that sometimes cause accidents, they can prevent minor careless mistakes from turning into bigger tragedies. One technology coming down the pike is 3D imaging using lasers that will make all of these technologies even more accurate and useful.
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