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Advances in Vehicle Technologies — Now and the Future

Numerous technologies that can be beneficial to drivers

Vehicles have drastically changed in recent years.

See also: Car safety technology – A buyer's guide

Technologies that were considered advanced just a few years ago have become standard, and new technologies that were not even conceivable several years ago could very well become standard. There are numerous technologies that can be beneficial to drivers.

Smart Headlights: Smart headlights can adjust intensity and angle based on the roadway being driven (such as a curve), time of day, weather and visibility conditions.

Reverse Monitoring Systems: Reverse monitoring systems provide feedback to a driver while the car is in reverse. This can include back-up cameras and audible warning indicators.

Emergency Response Systems: Emergency response systems provide an alert and make crash details available to emergency personnel.

Assistive Parking Systems: Assistive parking systems are systems that can park a car without input from the driver.

Voice Activated Systems: Voice-activated systems allow for voice control over many vehicle features.

Drowsy Driver Alerts: Drowsy driver alerts can monitor the driver’s behavior (eyelids, head position) and provide an alert if a driver seems to become drowsy.

Crash Mitigation Systems: Crash mitigation systems are designed to lessen the impact of a collision by having reinforced body strength, seat belt pretensioning (tightening of the seat belt immediately before a crash) and automatic braking.

Adaptive Cruise Control: Adaptive cruise control allows you to maintain the following distance you have set when you engage the cruise control. If the vehicle ahead of you changes speed, your vehicle will also change speed and the space between your vehicles will adjust accordingly.

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