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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