A New Angle On Car Safety

1113 Words5 Pages
According to Chris Urmson, "1.2 million people are killed on the world 's roads every year. In America alone, 33,000 people are killed each year” (Urmson). Urmson is the Director of Self-Driving Cars at Google, and in March of 2015 he presented a TED Talk in which he addressed issues of car safety. In his presentation, Urmson goes on to explain that for over a century, America has come up with ways to mitigate car safety issues. Manufacturers have specifically addressed the fact that car drivers often err, and in so doing, create unsafe conditions for themselves and others on the roads. To address this, vehicles have been revamped to be more structurally sound, and collision safety features have been added, such as air bags and seatbelts.…show more content…
(Urmson). Driverless cars also have other sensors, including four radars, a GPS, an inertial measurement unit, and a wheel encoder. The radars detect obstacles. The GPS, inertial measurement unit, and the wheel encoder determine where autonomous vehicles are currently and track where they go (Guizzo). Incorporating Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication in self-driving cars would provide additional safety. V2V is the technology that allows cars to exchange information such as speed, direction, location and other data with one another. This technology is also useful for vehicles with drivers because it allows them to receive a warning of unexpected events and enables them to react quickly, thus improving safety. For instance, if a driver ahead quickly presses the brakes, nearby cars will get a warning that allows them to react promptly. If a car is speeding in a curve, the driver in the car will get a warning that indicates that they’re going too fast and need to slow down. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication also allows roads to “talk” to cars about traffic jams, road work, and road conditions. If there’s black ice ahead, the driver will get a warning indicating the hazard. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there could be “600,000 fewer crashes involving
Open Document