Every year, we bring you a list of recommended safety product
and solutions that will have a noticeable impact on driving and safety in just a few years.
This year, our experts have collaborated with a group of safety-focused people from all over the country and have come up with our list of the best products that will enter the market in the next four years.
Highway Open Warning System
The long-awaited Highway Open Warning System will make its debut in 2019, according to the experts at Safety Research & Strategies.
The system, which will come standard in the 2018 GMC Sierra and a 2022 model year Chevy Silverado, will automatically slam on the brakes when it detects an object in the vehicle’s path and will communicate with the other vehicles on the road.
Subaru Eyesight Plus Driver Assist Technology
Subaru is a firm believer in full-self-driving cars, but for now, the Japanese company wants drivers to be able to avoid collisions at all costs.
That means that every Subaru in the lineup will come equipped with Eyesight Plus Driver Assist Technology. When the system detects an imminent collision, it can steer the car to a safe position or will brake to allow the driver to steer clear.
All new vehicles will come with at least 15 percent more high-strength steel, according to experts at iTRONIC Automotive Engineering Research and Consulting, who have done the hard work of counting all the steel in new vehicles sold worldwide.
This is one of those huge stats that prove how automakers need to stop dragging their feet when it comes to safety.
A car is a box with wheels
We’ve talked a lot about what the car of the future will look like, but we’ve never discussed what it will drive like.
Autonomous cars may eliminate all those annoying noises and be way more fuel-efficient, but just think about it: With no need to build big, heavy gas-guzzlers, how will we fill the highways? As it turns out, we’ll have lots of parking lots, but a large fraction of them won’t be in major urban areas.
The University of the Aftermarket (UAF) and the National Auto Body Council have teamed up to create a new class of crash test dummy.
These miniature humans are large enough to demonstrate the consequences of the Standard Crash Protection Performance Index (SCPPI), which serves as a baseline for what is considered a crashworthy vehicle.
In a demo test, two SCPPI-rated cars met at a single point. The driver of the first car pushed down on the accelerator, but the other driver simply shut the door in his face and refused to move.
The Mirror Camera, as it’s known, is a camera that sits in the rearview mirror of the vehicle and is capable of simultaneously capturing images of the car in front and of the car in the rear.
It might not be ready for the mainstream in 2021, but we think this tech could be used as a viable option for fleet vehicles such as taxis, delivery trucks or shuttle buses.