The automotive industry has been in the forefront of technological development in industry since the first production cars were rolled out of the assembly lines. Today, they are still the leading users of high-tech innovations which are incorporated into new car designs that improves safety and comfort for drivers and passengers alike. One aspect of driving that has benefited greatly from such innovations are the safety systems that come with new car models which we will be discussing below. To begin with, remember those night vision goggles and FLIR images you get to se on television which are mostly used by law enforcement and military people. Well this is sure to illuminate your world for Mercedes-Benz has a car on the streets with such vision assist capabilities. Incorporated within the CL55o’s headlights are infrared light-projectors that beams infrared light as far as 500 feet in front of the vehicle which is then picked-up by infrared cameras mounted on the rear view mirror. A crisp image is then displayed onto a high-resolution display in the car’s dash allowing the driver the best possible image to see obstacles and other obstructions that even their HID headlights fail to illuminate.
Next we have Volvo’s adaptive cruise control which adjusts the set speed automatically if the forward looking radar detects a vehicle in front of the vehicle. This greatly improves car safety for less braking power is needed at slower speeds. The same vehicle also incorporates a blind spot detector that detects any vehicles besides it turning a red light on the door pillar signaling that it isn’t safe to change lanes. This eliminates the need to turn your head and see the blind spot to check for other vehicles. The Audi Q7, also has the same feature with the warning light mounted onto the side mirror itself which blinks if there is another vehicle in the blind spot as you turn on your signal lights.