High-tech radar and computerised seatbelts among new life-saving systems for cars
The suite of technologies, dubbed ‘Sensor Fusion’ by the Detroit-based brand, uses radar, cameras and ultrasonic sensors to notify drivers of dangerous driving behavior or crash risks.
The tools build on research conducted into self-driving vehicles and are likely to push General Motors to the cutting edge in the area of electronic driver assistance tools -- the package is on par with the offerings of premium brands such as Mercedes-Benz and Audi.
Among the abilities of the new XTS will be rear automatic braking, full-speed range adaptive cruise control, intelligent brake assist, automatic collision preparation, rear cross traffic alert and a heads-up display.
In the future, more advanced technology such as laser-based distance measurement technology and advanced GPS navigation systems which can communicate with nearby cars could be embedded in the system, GM said February 10.
Last week, Daimler unveiled the latest safety system it has been working on, offering some new improvements to the humble seatbelt.
The Mercedes-Benz ‘active seat-belt buckle’, set for series production and described as a technology milestone by the Stuttgart firm, contains an electric motor which reduces belt slack automatically, tensioning the belt even further if a ‘critical distance’ from another object is detected by the car’s sensors.
In a nod to usability as well as safety, the buckle will automatically emerge from the upholstery when the rear doors are opened, Daimler said, and insertion slots will be illuminated to encourage drivers to buckle up.
Drivers and passengers will go into production in one of Mercedes-Benz’s luxury models ‘shortly’, the manufacturer said, noting that the technology is aimed at developing BRIC markets (and China in particular), where considerably more occupants sit in the back seat. — AFPrelaxnews.com
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