Automakers show off automated safety features with new technology at the New York Auto Show
According to the Bureau of Transportation, 13 car accidents happen every minute in the U.S., so car safety is top of mind for many drivers.
Cheddar News senior Reporter Michelle Castillo checked out how technology is keeping us safer on the road at the New York Auto Show.
Brian Kisser, sales training, Toyota says over 90% of all accidents are the results of human error.
"It's either inattention or just something that the driver is doing, where they're not paying 100% attention to what they should. Automated safety features aid with that. For example, Toyota’s safety sense includes six options like automatically braking if something is in the way," Kisser says.
Kisser says pre-collision with pedestrian detection utilizes the millimeter wave radar in the front of the vehicle as well as the camera system to detect objects ahead, vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, and even motorcycles.
Jonas Lee, assistant manager of product planning at Hyundai, says automated safety features may seem intimidating at first.
"The first time I felt that steering move by itself, I didn't know what to think of it. But when you try the system, you'll see that again, it's there as a backup as a safety. Hyundais also come equipped with safety features like ways to see your blind spots," Lee says.
Lee says turn-blind view monitor technology adds extra safety to your drive.
"If you activate your turn signal, you actually get a live feed from that from the side that you're going into, to show you if there's a vehicle there or not. And so we call that feature blind view monitor," Lee says.
Other tools include warnings if you open the car door while another car is approaching.
It uses cameras around the car for almost 360-degree vision. And with these features, you can concentrate on what’s on the inside, which is what counts the most.
Many of the safety options come standard on new Toyotas and Hyundais, so you don't need to upgrade when shopping for a new model in order to get the automatic features.
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