Today’s cars are increasingly equipped with advanced technologies to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers. Among these, GPS devices have become indispensable for making journeys easier and more serene. However, there are other equally important technologies that contribute to safer, more economical driving. In this article, we present the most advanced technologies for efficient, healthy driving.
Technologies for vehicle communication
Vehicle communication technologies enable cars to communicate with other cars, pedestrians or even road infrastructures. They are used to prevent road accidents and improve traffic flow by providing real-time information on traffic conditions. Modern communication systems use a variety of technologies such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE, 4G and, more recently, 5G.
Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS)
Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are designed to help drivers avoid accidents. They use a variety of technologies including sensors, cameras, radar and data processing.
Adaptive lighting systems
Advanced assistance systems include adaptive lighting, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane keep assist. These systems enable safer driving, avoiding road accidents.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is a technology that maintains a constant safe distance between cars by automatically regulating speed according to the distance between cars. It makes driving more relaxed and less stressful by avoiding rear-end collisions.
Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
Automatic emergency braking is a safety system that detects obstacles or pedestrians in front of the car and automatically brakes the car if the driver does not react quickly enough. It helps avoid accidents at low speeds.
Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist (LDW and LKA)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) are technologies that help the driver keep the car in the lane. The LDW system detects when the car leaves the lane unintentionally, while LKA helps keep the car in the lane by adjusting the steering.
Collision avoidance systems
Collision avoidance systems are designed to help drivers avoid collisions at high speeds. They alert drivers to impending dangers on the road and enable them to take action to avoid collisions.
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) is a technology that detects moving objects in front of the car and alerts the driver if a collision is imminent. It enables the driver to take the necessary steps to avoid a collision.
Blind spot sensor (BSM)
The Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) is a safety system that alerts the driver when a vehicle is present in the blind spot. It is particularly useful when changing lanes.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) is a system that uses a camera to detect moving objects behind the car. It is particularly useful during reversing maneuvers such as parking.
Automatic Post-Collision Braking System (APCBS)
Automatic Post-Collision Braking System (APCBS) is a system that detects collisions and automatically brakes the vehicle to avoid a second collision.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is a technology that reduces the risk of skidding and losing control of the car by applying the brakes and reducing engine power. It is particularly useful when driving on slippery or wet roads.
Technologies for greater fuel efficiency
- Energy-efficiency technologies help reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. They include technologies such as brake energy recuperation, electric power steering, low-resistance tires and gas station geolocation.
- Brake Energy Recovery recovers the energy lost during braking and stores it in a battery. This energy can then be used to power the car’s electrical accessories.
- Electric power steering reduces the load on the engine and increases the car’s energy efficiency.
- Low-resistance tires offer lower rolling resistance, reducing fuel consumption.