The Basics of Auto Collision Avoidance Systems

If you have a relatively new vehicle, it likely has a collision-avoidance system.  However, if you are like most people, you probably do not understand how this technology works.  In short, your vehicle’s collision avoidance system is designed to prevent you from getting into an accident.  However, having such a system in your car does not empower you to avoid paying attention to the road.  Let’s take a closer look at what collision avoidance systems are really all about.

An Inside Look at Vehicle Collision Avoidance Systems

From active/automatic braking systems to forward-collision warning systems, lane departure assist warning systems, blind-spot monitoring systems and even rearview cameras, there are all different types of technology that help you avoid an accident.  This technology, similar to augmented reality, helps the vehicle identify pedestrians as well as vehicles in front, behind and near the vehicle.  However, these are not infallible systems.  Auto industry safety researchers have tested collision avoidance systems and found they do not perform as effectively when visibility is reduced.  In other words, if snow, fog or sun glare are present, the system might not function exactly as designed. 

Automatic Braking Systems and Blind Spot Monitoring Technology

Collision avoidance systems primarily rely on cameras on the sides, back and front of the vehicle.  The cameras scan the road for marker lines, painted lines, vehicles and people. Blind-spot monitoring technology is reliant upon radar.  Radar transmitters and signal receivers are positioned on the sides of the automobile and the rear fender.  Though the system might not function as designed when wet, it is likely to work when the weather is fine. A vehicle with an automatic braking system typically has a radar unit positioned behind the grille in the front of the vehicle.  Auto manufacturers have gone to great lengths to protect such collision avoidance units against rain, sleet, snow, fog, etc.  These systems might not prevent all potential collisions yet they are quite reliable. 

Heightened Awareness is Your Best Defense

The moral of this story is collision avoidance systems are quite helpful yet they should be viewed as a safety net rather than the sole means of preventing accidents.  Remain 100% focused on the road when driving, resist the temptation to be distracted when behind the wheel and you will have done your part to prevent a gruesome accident.  In other words, your vehicle’s collision avoidance system is not meant to replace driver awareness.  Rather, these systems are backups for the driver’s skills and awareness while behind the wheel.  Prioritize safety, view your vehicle’s collision avoidance system as a backup source of safety and you will greatly reduce the chances of a potentially fatal accident.

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If you end up in an accident, don’t panic.  Our autobody repair shop is here to perform the necessary repairs in a timely and affordable manner to get you back on the road as soon as possible.  Reach out to our autobody repair shop at (209) 836-4893 or fill out our contact form to schedule service.

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