Have you heard about the cars that drive themselves? Or the new technology that can activate brakes before a driver even realizes there’s a risk? These advances have moved from the pages of science fiction to automotive test tracks. In the not-too-distant future they could be available at dealerships everywhere.
Other auto-tech under development includes sensors that help cars stay in their own lane. Another feature in development, adaptive cruise control will slow your car as traffic conditions change. In addition, a combination of roadside sensors and GPS systems in cars could deter car thieves by pinpointing their precise location and direction.
Seat belts, anti-lock brakes, airbags and other safety features have already cut vehicle injury rates by more than half, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The new safety technologies have the potential to further lower accident rates.
Increased safety should be a big plus in terms of auto insurance rates. Fewer accidents and injuries means fewer claims on insurers. While individual driver risk factors also determine premiums, a safer environment could help lower premiums for many drivers.