Car today is not just a machine with 4 wheels, it is also a race of technology and equipment between brands. Different from cars 50 years ago, current cars are equipped with a series of modern safety technologies to assist the driver.
Some people believe that cars with too much technology will lose the feeling of driving, but can not deny the benefits that it brings.
1. Cruise control
Cruise control system (Cruise Control) first appeared in the late 40s of last century. This system has a relatively simple function, the driver selects the desired speed and the car will move steadily at that speed until the driver cancels the command with the push key or brake pedal.
However, the cruise control system is only effective when running on highways, it does not help much in busy traffic conditions. In 1999, the Adaptive Cruise Control system emerged and solved the shortcomings of basic cruise control. This system uses sensors mounted in the front of the vehicle to adjust the speed according to the vehicle in front but not exceed the speed limit set by the driver.
2. 360 degree camera
A federal regulation in the US requires all cars sold in the country to be equipped with a rear camera, this is to reduce the risk of a pedestrian collision when the driver backs up. For more safety, car owners can install a 360-degree camera set to help observe the surroundings easily, this equipment is quite useful when controlling the car in small spaces.
In the Vietnamese market, most cars with a price of about 1 billion are pre-installed with a 360-degree camera system. For vehicles that are not equipped, owners can add this camera set at a cost ranging from 6-20 million VND.
3. Parking assistance
This is a useful item for those with no driving experience, especially when parallel parking or in narrow areas. The parking assistant system uses the camera and surrounding sensors to automatically position the car where it needs to park.
To activate this feature, the driver simply presses the trigger button and runs the car to the parked area. The system will automatically steer and move into the selected area. It should be noted, this is only a support feature, the driver still has to observe and the foot is always available on the brake pedal in case something goes wrong.
4. Night vision camera
Night vision cameras not only appear on military vehicles or in fantasy movies, many high-end models today are also equipped with this system. Night vision cameras make it easier to detect objects appearing on the road such as pedestrians or animals, allowing the driver more time to handle.
There are two types of night vision cameras in cars, passive and active. The passive type uses a thermal camera to detect humans or animals, while the passive type uses infrared rays for illumination. Currently, only high-end models of Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Cadillac… are equipped with night vision cameras.
5. Sleep warning
The sleep warning system uses cameras and sensors aimed at the driver to monitor details such as the driver’s sitting position, eyelid position … Artificial intelligence (AI) will collect this information and analysis to recognize signs of fatigue. From there, giving warnings through sounds or actions such as vibrating the seat.
6. Warning collision
This system is responsible for assessing the traffic situation around the vehicle and alerting the driver in the event of a collision with another vehicle. In case of need, the collision warning system will actively interfere with the brake system before the driver depresses the brake.
This is a safety feature that is praised by many people, but it also has some disadvantages such as emitting a warning signal too early or automatically braking in case it is not really necessary.