The automakerís main goal in this development is to reduce fatal and serious injuries and will be installed in new vehicles from 2012 onwards.
The first of these new technologies is named Acceleration Suppression for Pedal Misapplication. It is to avoid accidents when the wrong pedal is depressed.
How does it work? Basically it uses cameras to determine its proximity to other vehicles and objects and when it senses if the driver applies the accelerator pedal instead of the brakes, the vehicle will not apply any gas to it. If the driver is on an open road, the system will sense that and allows normal acceleration. Another aspect of this feature is the car will automatically apply the brakes if it senses an impending collision that the driver does not notice.
Secondly is a technology that uses rear cameras to detect people or objects that could be at the rear or the sides of the vehicle which would be out of the driverís view.
This system has three functions.
Blind Spot Warning; which warns the driver if a turn signal is activated and there is a vehicle in the blind spot.
Lane Departure Warning; which uses the rear camera to follow white lines on the road and warns the driver if they appear to be making a lane change without signalling.
Moving Object Detection; when the car is in reverse, the system looks for moving objects behind the vehicle and warns drivers so they can prepare to stop in the event that the object, animal or individual crosses behind the vehicle.
Lastly is the Predictive Forward Collision Warning system. This system uses sensors to gauge the vehicleís speed and also the distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front. When the sensor detects if you are going to rear-end someone, it warns you and tightens your seat belt.
All of these safety technologies sound great to me. Hopefully it doesnít make drivers less cautious because of all the warning signs or beeps from the car.