This is an age of information and technology that has led to nearly everything around us being smarter. (Except perhaps the people.)
Electronic and digital components have entered our homes, offices, and automobiles, and made them all seem like smarter locations.
In the huge world of “smart” technology, the automotive electronics market is perhaps the top of the heap. Indispensable features such as electronic stability control and anti-lock braking systems and are great choices for smart and safe automotive electronics. Why not consider buying a used car or used truck with these features? Read more . . .
Thirteen vehicles earn the Institute’s TOP SAFETY PICK award for 2007. The winners include four cars, seven SUVs, and two minivans. This award recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side, and rear crashes based on ratings in Institute tests.
Winners also have to be equipped with electronic stability control (ESC). Vehicles eligible to win are current small, midsize, and large car models plus minivans and small and midsize SUVs. Pickup trucks aren’t included in this round of awards because the Institute hasn’t Read more . . .
This technology could prevent nearly one-third of all fatal crashes and reduce the risk of rolling over by as much as 80 percent. The benefits are found in crashes involving one vehicle and more than one.
An extension of antilock brake technology, electronic stability control (ESC) is designed to help drivers retain control of their vehicles during high-speed maneuvers or on slippery
roads. A previous Institute study found significant effects of ESC in reducing fatal single-vehicle crash risk. Using data from an additional year of crashes and a larger set of vehicle models, the researchers have updated the 2004 results, finding that ESC reduces fatal multiple-vehicle crash risk by 32 percent. Read more . . .
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 6,000 teen drivers are killed annually as a result of motor vehicle crashes, and more than half of those fatalities involved a vehicle rollover. As if that is not bad enough, last year more than 325,000 teens were injured in vehicle crashes.
While many have heard these startling statistics, what most Americans have yet to grasp is that safety technology available today can help drivers prevent a large number of those injuries and deaths from occurring. It’s called Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and Read more . . .
For decades “black box” data recordershave been helping investigators sort out causes of deadly airplane crashes. Now that same kind of technology will be available in automobiles. The IEEE Standards Association, a globally recognized standards-setting body, has created the first universal standard for motor vehicle event data recorders (MVEDR) after more than a decade of research and development. Read more . . .