Car Safety Features & Technology
All About Car Safety Features
Automotive safety technology has evolved a lot over the years, and overall cars safety is at a higher point now than before. Which car safety features do you already have, and which ones should you look at for your next vehicle?
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
Advanced driver assistance systems are technologies that help increase your situational awareness and automate tasks in your car.
Regenerative brakes allow hybrid vehicles to reclaim some energy that is typically dissipated as heat by traditional brakes.
Automatic Parking Systems
Automatic parking systems can get you into (and maybe out of) some tight spots.
Back Up Sensors and Rear View Cameras
Back up sensors and rear view cameras are two high tech answers to the blind spot mirror, and both of these technologies can make it safer to put your vehicle in reverse.
ABS Safe Driving Tips
Tips for driving safely with ABS.
What is Automotive Night Vision?
Automotive night vision systems use infrared imaging to help drivers see further into the darkness.
What is Emergency Brake Assist?
Without emergency brake assist, over 90 percent of drivers fail to apply enough braking force during panic stops.
Electronic Brake Force Distribution
Electronic brake force distribution is used in conjunction with ABS to prevent tires from locking up.
What Are Lane Departure Warning Systems?
Lane departure warning and lane-keeping assist systems help keep your car on the road and prevent accidents, but they don't always work. Do you know when you won't be able to count on yours?
How Does Adaptive Cruise Control Work?
Adaptive cruise control almost drives the car for you, but it won't always prevent an accident.
What is Electronic Stability Control?
Electronic stability control can reduce the chances of a fatal rollover by up to 75 percent, does your car have it?
Driver Alert Systems
Fatigued and drowsy driving are leading causes of accidents, and driver alert systems aim to help drivers stay awake and aware at all times.
Car Safety 101: Anti-Lock Brakes
Anti-lock brakes are designed to help a driver retain control of a vehicle. Understanding how to use anti-lock brakes is vital, because these systems don't always decrease stopping distance.
Traction Control: ABS Evolved
An overview of traction control systems. Do you know how to use yours?
The History of Airbags
If your car was built in the last couple decades, it probably has at least one airbag. Here's a look at the history of this life-saving piece of car tech.
Cruise Control: What Is It?
Regular cruise control is simply a convenience, but adaptive cruise control is a safety feature that automatically maintains following distance. This marvel of car tech can actually adjust the speed of a vehicle in response to the proximity of another car.
Monitoring Your Tire Pressure
Tire pressure monitors have been around since the 1980s, but they're now required equipment on new cars in the US and EU. So what are they, and how do they work?
GM's OnStar Service: How Does It Work?
What is OnStar, and how does it work?
What are Adaptive Headlights?
Adaptive headlights have been around for decades in one capacity or another, but these technologies have become increasingly prevalent recently. Do adaptive headlights really make that much of a difference?
What is an Automatic Braking System?
Automatic brakes work in concert with collision avoidance, adaptive cruise control, and other systems to make vehicles safer.
What Are Airbags?
Airbags can save lives, but they can also cause severe injuries and even deaths.
What is Drive-By-Wire Technology?
Drive-by-wire technologies replace mechanical controls, like throttles and steering linkages, with electronic systems.
Decoding Blind Spot Detection and Warning Systems
Blind spot detection systems are designed to provide drivers with information about vehicles, pedestrians, and other objects that are hidden in a blind spot.
What is Vehicle Tracking?
There are two main types of vehicle tracking, and a number of related technologies. Most end-user systems are aimed at assisting in the recovery of stolen vehicles.
Electronic Throttle Controls
Electronic throttle controls are the most ubiquitous form of drive-by-wire technology, but are these systems really safe?
Advanced Automatic Collision Notification
Advanced Automatic Collision Notification systems are designed to call for help if you aren't able to.
Seat belts save lives, but these common safety restraints weren't required equipment until about fifty years ago.
Electric Power Steering
Electric power steering systems can be broken into three categories: hydro-electric, electric, and drive-by-wire.
What is Brake-by-Wire?
Brake-by-wire technology isn't exactly ready for prime time yet, but electro-hydraulic brakes have been around for a while, and electromechanical brakes may be on the horizon.
What is a Smart Airbag?
Airbags save lives, but they can also be incredibly dangerous in certain circumstances. The smart airbag is supposed to fix that.
Hill Descent Control
Hill descent control is essentially low-speed cruise control for rough terrain.
What is Intelligent Speed Adaptation?
Intelligent speed adaptation systems are designed to help drivers avoid speeding.
Collision avoidance systems use a variety of safety technologies and ADAS to help prevent and lessen the severity of accidents.