Car Safety and Comfort Systems recently introduced into Cars
Today, software act as a driver of innovation in vehicles. The importance of software-based function in cars has increased steadily in the last three decades.
With novel features, cars have changed dramatically when it comes to safety, comfort and assistance. Along with the fundamental changes in the development of processes, almost all areas of vehicle, including software-based functionality, has been radically improved. The heavy dependence on the functions leads to entirely new requirements of the software and system engineering.
Today, we will talk about some of the latest technologies introduced recently, which are aimed to enhance safety and comfort of the people using cars. Let’s rock!
‘Active Lane Assist’ from Audi:
The assistance system ‘Active Lane Assist’ from Audi comes in models featuring electro-mechanical power steering and uses a camera to detect markings on the road at speed over 60 km/h. The camera is located on the interior mirror, which focuses the road up to about 50 meters with approximately 40-degree angle and provides 25 high-resolution frames per second.
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Software processes the images and recognizes the boundary lines and route the car followed between them. If the car approaches a line, without indicating, the system guides the driver to steer back to the lane through subtle but significant interventions in the electromechanical steering.
For the medium and large models with hydraulic power steering, the Audi’s lane assist is a good choice. The warning is generated by a vibration in a vibrator of the steering wheel spokes. It has three intensity levels, which are adjustable. This camera of the Audi ‘Active Lane Assist’ gives differentiated data, like it can differentiate between yellow and white lines of different sites.
Real Life Safety: Assistance System from Mercedes-Benz to Prevent Wrong-Way Driving:
Mercedes-Benz has introduced an assistance system, which will eliminate the chances of deadly accidents caused by wrong-way driving. The Real Life Safety can detect and warn driver audibly and visually when he gets on the wrong path. The new system is initially intended for 2013’s new releases of S-Class and E-Class.
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Major element of the technology is a camera located inside of the windscreen. The camera can visually identify and transmit the information to the computer about the avionics. When the vehicle enters the prohibition area of road, the system will warn the driver. In this case, three loud beeps and a flashing red light on the display indicates prohibiting entry to draw attention to the danger.
The system security is enhanced by using the Mercedes-Benz electronic data from the camera, in addition to the data from the navigation system. The technology also uses other features of the new traffic signs wizard of Mercedes-Benz. These include detection and display of speed limits and overtaking and lifting respective signs. In case of poor visibility, which hinders the appearance, like in foggy weather or heavy snow, the system informs the driver that it is ‘temporarily unavailable’.
The new traffic signs wizard will be initially installed in the upcoming S-Class and E-Class. Gradually, the technology will also be integrated in other ranges. Initially, the system has been designed for Germany, but Mercedes-Benz is working hard to make the system fit for other countries.
Lexus LS with Electronically Controlled Lighting System, AIS and Climate Concierge:
For the first time, the new Lexus LS comes with the electronically regulated interior lighting system AIS (Advanced Illumination System). A welcome lighting sequence guides the driver to the vehicle. The Advanced Illumination System (AIS) is an all-LED interior lighting system, which lightens up to welcome the coming person and then gradually turns off in sequence as the vehicle gets ready to start.
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Other systems on the new Lexus LS include Air Concierge, a multi-zone climate control. This is an integrated automatic seat heating and seat cooling system. Using infrared sensors, the air flow of the automatic climate control for each passenger, and thus the optimum temperature is reached. Moreover, the Nanoe technology is used for air pollution control.
In modern automotive industry, car manufacturers have increasing focus on safety and comfort, which lead them to develop novel, distinguishing features. Active safety systems and driver assistance systems have become increasingly essential. These technologies help detecting dangerous situations at an early stage, which helps in eliminating chances of fatal accidents or at least reducing consequences of the accidents, particularly when there is a heavy traffic density everywhere.
Are there other latest car safety systems that we have not mentioned here that you have noticed of recent in your car or friends’ that needed to be in this list? Please share them with us.