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Learn how technology will make the cars of the future even safer

By Isadora In Artigo Autaza, Automação Industrial, Industria 4.0 — December 6, 2019

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Companies are increasingly looking for innovations that effectively protect their customers from fatal accidents. Several carmakers have been working with startups to develop actions that bring common cars closer to new autonomous models, with greater safety and agility. 

Did you know that traffic accidents remain one of the leading causes of death? According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, about 1.35 million people die each year from traffic accidents. But then comes the question: What if technology could prevent human error and save lives?

It was just thinking of this that one of the largest automotive companies in the world – Volkswagen – created the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System that sets the car brakes when it senses that there was a crash from airbag sensors. The device thus avoids a second collision or an even more serious and fatal accident. The system can also be activated in front collisions.

The future has begun and companies are increasingly looking for innovations that effectively protect their customers. Several car brands have been working with startups to develop actions that bring common cars closer to new autonomous models.

Thanks to artificial intelligence, today there are already ABS brakes, airbags, and parking sensors, but the automotive industry wants to go further. Some innovative solutions that are being developed in the market are:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic Emergency Braking to avoid frontal collision
  • Number plate and signals recognition
  • Assistant for track exchange
  • Power steering

Since 2017, Ford, for example, has had a team dedicated to research and development of robotics and artificial intelligence as part of its autonomous vehicles program and has the partnership of startup Argo AI, to which the automaker is investing 1 billion dollars. This year Fiat also teamed with a startup – Aurora Innovation – to develop and deploy a fleet of autonomous commercial vehicles in an attempt to reach other automakers that have invested heavily in technology.

A recent survey from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom found that autonomous cars can improve traffic flow by up to 35% in the future. How not to get excited about this data? Aso, automotive companies have come together to have strength and regulation in the global marketplace. 

This year, General Motors, Ford and Toyota said they are joining forces with the automotive engineering group SAE International to safely advance testing, pre-competitive development, and deployment. It is clear that innovation and above all safety will be decisive in the car of the future. How do you imagine these technological devices will be? 

Beatriz Bevilaqua, journalist and passionate about technology!