CHAPTER 5
THE FUTURE OF CAR SAFETY

As we’ve discussed in the guide so far, car safety technology has come a long way in the last decade or so. For instance, the inclusion or Electronic Stability Control could save as many as 10,000 lives annually according to reports, if all vehicles were fitted with the tech.

Then of course there are some of the new generation technology that can help motorists better see their blind spot and what’s going on behind them, with cameras and sensors dotted around the car.

But what can we expect in the near future when it comes to revolutionary safety improvements? The features listed below are either on the roadmap for manufacturers or have even been tested already.

Seven Safety Features For Next Gen Models

1. Improved stability control

Electronic Stability Control was a significant breakthrough when it comes to car safety features and we can expect more of the same as this system gets refined and enhanced. Next generation vehicles are likely to be fitted with ESC systems that better control steering and braking, to ensure stability is maintained.

2. Curtain airbags

These are deployed across windows and the windscreen to protect passenger’s heads during a collision, whilst limiting the risk of suffering injury from debris. What’s more, there will be side-curtain airbags automatically triggered in the event of a rollover.

3. Pre-collision sensors

These pre-collision sensors have already been implemented into certain models and are certainly a safety feature we’re going to see a lot more of in the future. Warning signs are given to the driver when a collision is imminent, whilst the vehicle’s safety is enhanced in the seconds before. This could be closing windows, charging brakes and airbags, repositioning the seats and even activating seatbelt pre-tensioners. In particular, you may find systems replicating this with manufacturers including Mercedes and Lexus.

4. Night Vision

Night vision systems are designed to provide further sight for the driver when visibility is poor, stretching past what can be viewed with headlights alone. For instance, systems will be able to detect people, animals and even objects in the road ahead.

5. Active head restraints

Active head restraints will automatically adjust to be closer to someone’s head during a collision, so more energy is absorbed and whiplash injuries can be reduced. Injuries to the neck are the most common complaint post-collision and these active head restraints will be an excellent way to aid this problem.

6. Run-flat tires

Flat tyres can be a huge problem when out on the road, especially when on a busy motorway with traffic all around. These run-flat replacements are designed to allow the motorists to continue driving for up to 50 miles after a flat tyre. This also ensures you’re less likely to need to change a tyre in poor weather or in a dangerous location.

7. Vehicle telematics

Telematics are becoming increasingly popular and allow the motorists to communicate to emergency services if a situation presents itself. This can be done by simply pressing a button, sending out a signal to highlight the vehicle has been involved in the accident. With an inbuilt microphone and speakers, you will be able to communicate directly to the operator who calls back. Mercedes is one manufacturer with telematics already