What Is Active Safety Technology?
It’s one of the hottest buzzwords in the automotive world right now, but what is active safety technology, exactly?
Modern cars are packed full of safety technologies, which can generally be split into three categories: post-accident, passive, and active.
The first two kinds are those you’re probably already familiar with. Post-accident features focus on obtaining emergency assistance following an accident. Seat belts and airbags are great examples of passive technology: when everything is going fine, you don’t really notice them much, but they’ll spring into action and save you when the worst happens.
What makes active safety technology different is that instead of helping you deal with accidents after they’ve happened or while they’re happening, it tries to help you avoid them altogether.
Features such as cross-traffic alert, blind-spot assistance, collision mitigation braking, lane keeping assist, and electronic stability control are all designed to prevent accidents by either enhancing the driver’s awareness, warning him of potential accidents, or influencing the vehicle’s behavior directly.
When designed properly and functioning as desired, these technologies can be truly powerful. Accidents will always happen, but now we can do more than just make sure we survive them—we can also make our cars actively help you avoid them.