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Cars are getting smarter, and perhaps more importantly: safer. Vehicle features such as intuitive brakes, blind spot technology, night-assist vision and more are advancing the driving experience in exciting new directions, with more innovations on the horizon. And research from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows these technologies are helping prevent fatal crashes and cutting down the number of accidents in general. Here’s a list of technologies that can help keep you safer on the road today—and innovations to look out for in the near future.

Existing Technology

  • Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking: These automated controls can help prevent front-end crashes from happening.
  • Lane departure warning: This warns the driver when the vehicle begins to move out of its lane. According to the IIHS, if all passenger vehicles had been equipped with lane departure warning, nearly 85,000 police-reported crashes and more than 55,000 injuries would have been prevented in 2015.
  • Blind spot warning: Cameras and/or sensors alert the driver to objects outside his range of vision. This is important, because studies show that when drivers received more warnings (like from lane departure or blind spot systems), unsignaled lane departures fell by more than a third.
  • Rear view assist camera, ultrasonics and radar: These technologies can make you aware of obstacles behind your vehicle to help prevent mishaps while backing up.

Did You Know?

In 1968, Allstate worked with Washington on landmark driving legislation, including mandatory seat belts. The CDC estimates seat belts have saved some 255,000 lives since 1975.

  • Adaptive headlamps: Automatically improve road visibility in low-light.
  • Cross traffic alert: Provides warning of oncoming vehicles.
  • Night view assist: Infrared cameras illuminate the road and detect obstacles beyond the range of traditional headlights.
  • Pedestrian detection and avoidance sensors: Visual and audible warnings are triggered while automated steering and brake systems activate to help avoid collision.

Future Technology

  • Mood Sensors: Facial monitoring cameras detect whether you’re angry, sad, happy, hot or tired to adjust the temperature in the car or suggest taking a driving break.
  • Airless, 3D Tires: Yes, tires that never go flat! Recent 3D-printed tire prototypes feature an airless design with a honeycomb pattern that reduces the risk of a blowout or flats due to punctures. What’s more, these prototypes use 3D printers to “replenish” the tread as a series of sensors to monitors their condition in real-time.
  • Ride in a Cloud: One of the challenges with automated cars is that they require the ability to capture, process and store tons of data. No problem. Newly designed automotive-grade storage devices will support a terabyte capacity to support all the necessary sensory data.
  • Autonomous Autos: With sensors, computer chips, software and other systems, everyday we’re getting closer to being able to hail a driverless car to transport you wherever you want to go.