The Zero-Fatality Car May Soon Be A Reality
In the future, cars could be much safer to drive, thanks to new technologies embraced by auto-manufacturers.
A few years back, PSFK reported on Volvo’s ambitious plan to eliminate any injuries or deaths in their cars by the year 2020. Computerworld follows up on that report by writing about advanced safety technologies being developed by major car manufacturers that could eventually lead to zero fatalities in new cars. Car companies are using everything from computer simulations and virtual engineering to the behavioral patterns of pedestrians to design these cars that will include safety features such as road-sign recognition, blind spot warning and collision avoidance systems.
As ambitious as it seems, the zero-fatality goal is achievable, according to Ed Kim, an analyst at automotive research firm AutoPacific Inc. in Tunstin, Calif. In the next 10 years, there will be a confluence of safety technologies — such as road-sign recognition, pedestrian detection and autonomous car controls — that lead to safer cars, says Kim.
Getting there will require car makers to develop and strengthen an underlying technological infrastructure that can support intense crash simulations using tens of millions of data points, as well as a robust communications network that sends out safety signals between cars. The result will be the deployment of new active safety methods that can predict a crash and drive you out of a jam — literally.