How Technology is Changing the Way We Drive

Self-driving cars were a very popular news topic throughout 2016. Although that trend will likely continue in 2017, all signs point towards it still being quite awhile before these vehicles make up the majority on the road.

While self-driving technology still has a ways to go before becoming truly mainstream, there's no denying the fact that technology has significantly influenced changes to all of our driving over the last ten years. Because technology develops so fast in cars and other areas of our lives, it's easy to overlook just how far certain things have come. That's why we want to highlight some of the technology that has a significant impact on the way we all drive:

1. Sensors

If you've done any reading about self-driving cars, you probably know that they're packed with sensors. What's cool is regular cars also utilize this type of technology. An example that used to be quite rare but is now found in cars of all sizes is assisted parking. By using a combination of sensors, a car is able to help its driver park in the best way possible. Radar sensors, oxygen sensors, throttle position sensors and ultrasonic sensors are all elements that most modern cars depend on in order to provide drivers with an optimal experience.

2. Cameras

Most new cars now ship with at least a couple of cameras. The role that cameras play is allowing drivers to fully see what all is around them. Whether a camera is mounted in the doors, lights or dashboards, it's able to capture very useful information for the driver and conveniently place it right in front of them.

3. Safety Features

Out of all the developments on this list, safety features may be the area that has advanced the most over the last ten years. If you look back to the early 2000s, most vehicles only had two airbags. Fast forward to the present, and the new standard has become anywhere from four to ten airbags. On top of that, modern airbags are much more sophisticated in their ability to deploy with varying levels of force based on someone's weight. Antilock brakes and electronic anti-skid control are other examples of very prevalent safety technology.

4. Energy Efficiency

The issue of energy efficiency has become much more prevalent across vehicles of all classes. In addition to technology like emissions scanners being good for the environment, this area of focus benefits drivers by helping them get around for less.

Sensors, cameras, safety features and energy efficiency are all forms of technology that have changed how everyone drives. While these developments help to make driving a safer experience than ever before, accidents still happen. If you're ever involved in an accident, you can count on stress-free collision repair with door to door service from USA Collision Centers.