What Are the Safety Features in Autonomous Cars?
Autonomous cars are still making their way into the automotive marketplace, but they are becoming more and more common every year. It’s a fantastic change — experts are estimating that more autonomous cars on the road will reduce accidents by up to 90 percent, saving a potential 30,000 lives every year. What makes autonomous cars so much safer, and what are the newest safety features that have been implemented in these vehicles?
Emergency braking is a feature in many passenger cars, even those that lack self-driving capabilities. The car uses cameras to judge the distance between itself and the surrounding traffic, and engages the brakes if there is a collision danger. This system may also include a warning system to alert the driver if there is an imminent collision.
Cameras can also ensure an autonomous car does not depart from its assigned lane unnecessarily. Continuous steering ensures the car stays centered within its lane.
Lane control is another safety feature that has been implemented in many current passenger models, even those that don’t have an autopilot yet. The cameras are programmed to read the lane markings to keep your car going where it’s supposed to be, and warn you if you start drifting out of your lane.
The new Tesla Model 3 is the first partially autonomous car to feature an upgraded windshield. Not only is Tesla making the glass in-house — it’s designed to be more lightweight, provide better insulation and be more durable than traditional window glass.
Windshields are more than just a safety feature. Upgraded window glass allows for more integrated software and hardware, and could even potentially lead to the eventual elimination of traditional safety equipment like side and rearview mirrors.