Traf­fic Sign AS­SIST - Zoom

WKND - - O N T H E R O A D - 3 march 2017

now also iden­ti­fies no- over­tak­ing Zone and noen­try Signs Safety en­gi­neer Nils Bohlin demon­strat­ing his three- point seat belt, which was first in­stalled in 1959 Volvo cars lights on the in­stru­ment panel or wind­shield, beeps, or au­di­ble alerts. AEB or Au­to­matic Emer­gency Brak­ing takes it a notch higher by slow­ing the ve­hi­cle down with­out any driver in­put at all. That be­ing said, in a sim­i­lar sys­tem used in Mercedes- Benz ve­hi­cles, they claim that the car can scan up to 10,000 dif­fer­ent pro­files — hu­man and oth­er­wise — which helps it recog­nise them, in or­der to make the nec­es­sary eva­sive ma­noeu­vres. But when asked: “Does it in­clude a pro­file of a child or chil­dren?”, they shied away and then later stated “No”. This left a huge ques­tion mark in my mind. His­tor­i­cally, with the de­vel­op­ment and in­tro­duc­tion of new tech­nolo­gies, the cost of the ve­hi­cle rises. That’s why these sys­tems are mostly seen in lux­ury ve­hi­cles first. And even if they are avail­able for af­ford­able seg­ments, they are tied with in­fo­tain­ment and con­ve­nience fea­tures, which are avail­able as added- cost op­tions or with higher trims, leav­ing them un­avail­able to the ma­jor­ity of the pub­lic.

Also, with the ad­vance­ment of tech­nol­ogy comes an­other vice. It has put cell­phones in our hands. The use of these hand- held com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­vices while driv­ing dis­en­gages our minds tem­po­rar­ily from the act, some­times re­sult­ing in an un­for­tu­nate cir­cum­stance. Fur­ther on, the evo­lu­tion of the smart­phone and the use of so­cial me­dia apps while on the move has called on the Grim Reaper to ac­com­pany the driver in the front seat. In fact, last year, a teen named Christal Mcgee, 19, crashed her car into an­other. The ac­ci­dent left the other driver in weeks of coma and he now suf­fers brain dam­age. What caused this in­ci­dent? She was us­ing the speed fil­ter on the pop­u­lar app Snapchat to doc­u­ment her driv­ing over 160 km/ h. Last heard, the vic­tim was su­ing the teen and the app com­pany.

We are now en­ter­ing an age where cars are pow­ered by high- horse­power ma­chines with enough power to launch a small plane — like the 707 horse­power Dodge Chal­lenger Hell­cat. Dodge does pro­vide two keys though, a black one that re­stricts the car to a ‘ mild’ 500bhp and a red key that lets you ex­ploit the full 707bhp. And although no auto- maker di­rectly en­cour­ages reck­less driv­ing of any sort, it doesn’t take a sci­en­tist to see that the com­bi­na­tion of power that corrupts and fix­a­tion for the phone can be deadly.

Add to that the fact that au­tonomous driv­ing is a rage. Videos of peo­ple en­gag­ing Tesla’s au­topi­lot to get to their des­ti­na­tion — com­pletely hands- free — have racked up mil­lions of views on Youtube. But let’s face it: each place and na­tion has its own driv­ing style and pat­terns and even Tesla’s suc­cess­ful

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