The Seattle weather presents many challenges for drivers in and around the city, as well as throughout the rest of Washington. Most commonly, drivers must contend with rainy weather, but as recent events show even snow is not out of the question.
As vehicles incorporate more technology into designs, several safety innovations show promise for reducing crashes.
Rain-sensing windshield wipers
Most drivers realize the importance of good windshield wipers. Consumers Reports takes a look at wipers that can identify the presence of rain through special sensors. Mounted behind the windshield, these sensors send out a beam of infrared light that detects the presence of water droplets. This system not only activates the wipers but makes sure they come on at the proper speed for current conditions and adjusts the tempo as needed.
This innovation represents a solid improvement and minimizes the struggle to get wipers to operate at optimal speed. It could increase road visibility in challenging conditions such as a heavy rain shower at night.
A list of safety innovations
The News Wheel reports on some of the most important safety innovations added by automakers to assist drivers in efforts to steer clear of crashes. The following features have the potential to save lives:
- Lane-keeping technology
- Automatic emergency braking
- Electronic stability control
- Blind-spot detection monitors
A quick look at technology to keep a driver in the proper lane shows that it reduces the effects of blind spots and careless driving. Sensors detect when a driver begins to switch into a lane that holds another vehicle. The technology alerts the driver through lights and beeps of the imminent danger, perhaps avoiding a serious collision.