Driving can be fun, it’s also a huge responsibility. We need to be careful not just for ourselves and our passengers but for the safety of everyone on the road.
As times change and technology develops, driving gets easier and safer. That doesn't mean drivers should let their guard down. It just means there's another layer of protection.
Collision Avoidance System (CAS), also called Pre-Crash System, Forward Collision Warning System, or Collision Mitigation System, is one such technology. It’s a technological advancement that’s been developing since the early 1950s, but was not fully developed and widely marketed until recently.
Simply put, this extremely helpful and useful system is used to monitor your car’s speed, detect the speed of the car in front of you, and keep track of the distance between the vehicles to, as its name suggests, avoid crashes.
Specifically, Collision Avoidance System (CAS) uses radar, lasers, and cameras to:
- Alert drivers of a collision risk - also known as Forward-Collision Warning.
- Alert drivers when cars are in their blindspots, even in turning, which is also called Blind-Spot Warning.
- Alert drivers when they are moving in a direction where an object is in a blind spot, which is also called Cross Traffic Warning.
- Alert the driver when another car is changing or crossing lane markings, which is also called Lane Departure Warning.
There are also additional features that help drivers, namely:
- Adaptive Cruise Control, which automatically adjusts your speed to keep a proper distance between you and the car in front of you.
- Automatic Emergency Braking, which automatically activates your brake when sensors detect a collision coming.
- Rear Automatic Emergency Braking, which is the same as the Automatic Emergency Braking, but works with the rear sensors.
- Electronic Stability Control, which automatically steers your car in case of loss of traction.
- Parking Assist, which helps the driver park their car as easiest as possible. (Let’s admit, a lot of us need help with this!)
Choosing a car isn’t - and shouldn’t be - based solely on what looks good. Sure, you might gain some prestige points if you get the coolest-looking car around, but in this day and age, being practical is the better choice. Today, most of the good-looking cars from the best brands are all about safety.