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New Technologies And Road Safety


New technologies are regularly emerging in the automotive sector. Some of them are real tools of Road Safety.

Punishment, although one of the most used ways to reduce road deaths, is not necessarily the best way to improve road safety. Some companies and organizations have understood this, and have therefore embarked on the creation of new technologies to improve the safety of road users. Innovative and varied solutions such as the connected helmet for cyclists Volvo, or the airbag integrated into the belt of the manufacturer Ford. Today it is the turn of the equipment manufacturer Samsung and the US Federal Agency for Road Safety Administration (The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) to propose new automotive technologies. Each targets a recognized accident factor: Samsung has tackled the problem of (often fatal) traffic accidents due to single-lane vehicles while NHTSA has invented a system to prevent drunk driving. New features such as self-lit or connected roads are also very promising: see our article roads of the future: new technologies and connectivity

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Samsung had the brilliant idea of equipping trucks with a camera in the front and a screen at the rear of the vehicle allowing drivers to see the vehicles coming in front. The operation took place in Argentina, one of the countries with the highest number of road accidents. In the majority of cases, accidents are due to a vehicle trying to overtake another on a single track. Samsung’s device, if it does not prevent this phenomenon, at least allows drivers to choose the right time to double.

In the United States, NHTSA is putting new technologies at the service of road safety to combat drinking and driving. Indeed, it has developed a system called DADSS (Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety) preventing the driver who drank to take the wheel: in addition to the breathalyzer at the door or steering wheel, the system includes a sensor installed for example on the ignition button of the car. If DADSS is not yet mandatory, this type of device is destined to become unavoidable in the years to come.

Of course, many technical innovations are regularly emerging in the field of road and in the automotive sector. Some are only for the pleasure of the driver, and the current craze for connected and futuristic cars regularly brings a lot of novelties.

At the Montreal Auto Show, the Automotive Journalists Association in Canada unveiled the Best New Technology winners for 2017.

In the Best New Technology – Innovation category, Mazda’s Vector-G Control won the honors. This software adapts engine torque with small adjustments to optimize vehicle weight transfer, making driving more comfortable for the car’s occupants. It also reduces driver fatigue by reducing steering wheel corrections. Mazda’s Vector Control-G is now available in 2017 Mazda3 and will be available in other future products such as the 2017 Mazda CX-5.

The other finalist technologies in the innovation category are the Ford Pro Trailer Backup Assist system, the Mazda SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine, and General Motors’ Position Sensitive Spin Valve Dampers (DSSV).

In the Best New Technology – Safety category, Volvo’s Pro Pilot II with Large Animal Detection and Lane Departure Mitigation was chosen. This technology can steer the vehicle up to 130 km / h and keep the car in its lane. In addition, the density of deer, moose, and coyotes is detected within a radius of about 200 meters. The system determines if they pose a hazard and warns the driver if any. This system will equip the new models of the brand, including the 2017 Volvo S90.

The other finalist technologies in the category of safety are the General Motors OnStar ProActive Alerts, the General Motors rear seat recall, the Mercedes-Benz PRE-SAFE Sound suite, the Subaru Global Platform platform as well as the Toyota Safety Sense P.

The unveiling of AJAC’s Canadian Car of the Year finalists

AJAC also took advantage of the Montreal Auto Show to announce the three finalists for the Canadian Car of the Year 2017 as well as the 2017 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year. For the title of the Canadian Car of the Year, the finalists are the BMW M2, the Hyundai Elantra, and the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack. As for the title of the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year, the finalists are the Chrysler Pacifica, the Mercedes-Benz GLC, and the Subaru Forester. The winners of these two awards will be announced on February 16 at the Salon de l ‘ Toronto auto.

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