Electric Vehicles are the most advanced vehicles currently running on the road. There is a host of safety features included in these vehicles as either standard inclusions or optional add-ons. These advanced features form a part of the safety net integrated into these vehicles. The safety features depend on a number of sensors and cameras. These work together to either warn the driver of potential safety threats, take full control of the vehicle, or control ony the throttle and brakes.
These advanced safety features have clearly shown their effectiveness in saving lives on the road. The coexistence of technology and human expertise will continue to make EVs safer to drive and become the first steps toward true self-driving cars.
Outlined below are some commons safety systems available in many modern EVs.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
ACC is an intelligent control system. The driver sets the max speed and sets the distance between their own vehicle and the one in front of them. From there, the front-facing sensor does the rest of the work. The sensor instructs the brakes to keep that distance and alters the acceleration accordingly. It also keeps the vehicle within the max set speed limit. ACC is normally paired with a front collision warning system that activates when the radar senses a potential accident.
Blind Spot Warning
For a blind spot warning system, the EV sensors and cameras work together. They prompt an alert if another vehicle is closing from any angle that may or may not be visible in the side mirrors. In addition to a warning alarm to alert the driver, a warning light flashes on the dashboard. This system also activates when a lane change signal is given by the driver but the vehicles at the rear are close by.
Forward Collision Warning / Auto Braking System
By using the EV’s radar sensors and cameras, this system can detect nearby vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, and other potential hazards. On detection of any obstruction, this system first triggers a warning and alarm. If it senses that the car is approaching the obstruction at crashing speed, it engages the brakes and stops the vehicles. This system operatess in such a way that the EV will typically trigger it at high speed. These crash-avoiding safety features aim to save lives.
Lane Assist System
Lane assist systems are typically available on EV models that have self-driving capabilities. This system is capable of sensing the lane markings and controls the steering wheel to keep the vehicle centered between the lanes. While this system is similar to a lane departure warning system, it is far more robust. Lane departure warning systems alert drivers that they are leaving their lane and must take corrective action. However, a lane assist goes a step beyond by taking temporary control over the steering wheel to keep the car centered and its occupants safe.
EVs are a delight to drive. Apart from being silent on the road, they boast the latest technology. These upgrades make them safer than their standard gasoline-powered counterparts. With sensor technology improvement and the use of cutting-edge internet of things (IoT) advancements, the future looks all the more exciting and safe for EV manufacturers and owners.