How Technology Is Making Cars Safer

When you're on the road, safety is everything. When you know that you're as safe as possible in your car, you can drive with more peace of mind.

2020 07 07

Thankfully, car safety technology has evolved a lot over the past several years. Safety features that were once pipe dreams are now standard in a lot of vehicles.

At Lincoln Heights Ford Sales, we stay on top of the latest car technology, especially when it comes to safety. As car technology gets more advanced, drivers and passengers enjoy safer roads.

Ford and Lincoln are leading the way in car safety technology. Take a look at some of the safety features that you can expect from newer cars.

Object Detection Prevents Collision

The Lincoln Heights Ford Sales inventory includes several vehicles with object detection technology. This technology prevents collision by warning drivers before they hit another car, an object, or a pedestrian. For example, forward collision warnings alert drivers before their car hits the car in front of them.

When driving, you always want to stay alert and focused. Humans make mistakes, however, and object detection technology often prevents those mistakes from becoming more significant accidents.

Emergency Braking Lessens the Impact

New emergency braking technology can also prevent collisions. When collisions are unavoidable, this technology can lessen their severity.

Automated emergency braking works at different levels, from city speeds to highway speeds. In any case, emergency braking works faster than human reflexes, sometimes preventing accidents before the driver has time to realize the potential danger ahead.

Imagine, for example, that the driver in front of you nearly misses a red light. They notice the light just in time and hit their brakes hard. Without emergency brakes, your car may or may not stop on time to avoid crashing into the car in front of you. With the automatic brakes, your car will stop immediately, potentially avoiding a crash.

Cameras and Warnings Provide Visibility

Some of the biggest car safety issues come from a lack of visibility. Drivers rely on mirrors to see the areas around their cars, but mirrors aren't always enough to prevent accidents.

Thankfully, the latest car technology provides extra support so that drivers can stay aware of their surroundings.

At Lincoln Heights Ford Sales in Ottawa, for example, many of our newer vehicles come equipped with rearview cameras that engage when a driver puts the car into reverse. These cameras give a broad, clear view of the space behind the vehicle, often helping drivers catch things that they may have missed in a mirror.

In addition to preventing rear collisions, new technology also prevents collisions from the side with blind spot warnings. These warnings alert drivers when a car is in their blind spot so that they know not to switch lanes. Blind spot warnings are helpful at any time, but drivers find them especially crucial at night, in inclement weather, and during other times of low visibility.

Technology Helps Drivers Stay in Their Lanes

Next, lane assistance technology has expanded recently. Lane-centering technology is a steering assistance feature that helps drivers stay in the middle of their lanes instead of veering off. The torque actually steers cars back to where they need to go.

Then there's lane departure technology, which alerts drivers who have moved out of their lanes. Steering wheel vibrations, for example, can engage when a driver starts drifting toward the edge of the lane.

This type of technology prevents all kinds of accidents, including car collisions, landscaping damage, and even pedestrian injuries.

By the way, many parents find this technology helpful when it's time to teach their teens how to drive. For beginner drivers, staying steady in the center of their lane can be a tough skill to master. Options like steering wheel vibration can help new drivers get an early sense of how to stay where they need to be.

Ford Co-Pilot360

At Lincoln Heights Ford Sales, our latest vehicles come equipped with Ford Co-Pilot360, some of the best technology in car safety.

When you have a co-pilot at your side, you get a second set of eyes that help you keep yourself and your passengers safe. Co-Pilot360 works in the same way, but its cutting-edge technology takes that safety to the next level.

Co-Pilot360 is an entire suite of advanced safety features, from automated emergency braking to highly sensitive object detection. This way, you and your car can work together to stay safe on the road.

Lincoln Heights Ford Sales of Ottawa, ON

Vehicle safety technology is better than ever, and our team is here to help you make the most of it as you protect yourself and your passengers. Let Lincoln Heights Ford Sales in Ottawa help you find a vehicle with the safety features you need to stay confident on the road. Start browsing our inventory now to see your options.

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