With traffic accidents now being the number one killer of young people over the age of ten in the world according the Campaign for Global Road Safety, car manufacturers alongside scientists are now turning to technology to help curb the number of road accidents all over the world.
Although today you can purchase quality winter tyres from companies such as Click on Tyres, it is important to take a look to just where car safety is heading in the future!
A car that can predict injuries
Although we already have cars that can detect and call emergency services, including the location of an accident, Dr Jeff Augenstein before his death in early 2012, was trying to create a technology that would also notify emergency services of the injuries to which passengers may have suffered.
Speaking to the BBC in 2011 he said:
It takes all the data that the car can provide and comes up with a determination of whether severe injury could occur. It tells us to hone in on some things, that may not be obvious.
Dr Augenstein was also the first researcher to realise that the first generation of air bags were too powerful, and were in fact causing injuries to car passengers.
Airbags that stop cars
Although for the moment, airbags remain firmly within our cars, it appears that car manufacturer, Mercedes Benz, are now experimenting with airbags that deploy externally; hoping to stop the vehicle before a crash occurs.
Interestingly, the bags in the tests aren’t at the front of the vehicle, as you may presume, and neither are they at the back, but underneath.
The bags are deployed when the car realises that impact is inevitable, as the friction coating on the surface of the bag helps slow the vehicle down, alongside lifting it by eight centimetres; stopping the dipping motion that occurs during a serious braking situation.
Though the company have been experimenting with the idea since 2008, it could still be some years before we see carbags on the roads of Britain.
By adding another piece of smart technology into every day cars, we could soon well be in a future where car rollovers are a thing of the past.
Scientists are currently working on a form of electronic stability control that feeds information to a central component, analysing the vehicle’s yaw and radial movement.
If the computer inside the car realises that you are driving in a state that could encourage a rollover, the computer will, very safely, take over control of the vehicle by shutting down the throttle and applying the brakes.
Though the system is already available in a select few cars, we could soon see a future where every single car on the road knows just what it’s doing and where it’s going, and there’s probably nothing more assuring than that.