For a long time, auto journalists have joked about the appearance that modern cars are “smarter than they are.” With today’s rapid advances in technology, that joke is rapidly turning into the truth. The day is not too far off when your car will drive itself better — and safer — than you are able to drive it.
We are not there yet, but current cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs can be equipped with a wide variety of technology that can improve the safety of their drivers, passengers, occupants of other vehicles, and even pedestrians and bicyclists. Improvements in cameras, radar, lidar, and other sensing tech have been harnessed in systems that help you stop, go, turn, and back up all while avoiding hazards. Here is a rundown of new car safety technology you should know about.