How Industry Workers are Developing Smart Cars with Driver Safety in Mind

The designers behind the 2017 model of the Smart Fortwo, which is modern equivalent of the SmartCar which was sold between 1998 and 2002, have incorporated a variety of innovative safety features into their latest design. To learn about some of the high tech safety features, which are becoming commonplace amongst a variety of smart cars, simply continue reading.

The 2017 Smart Fortwo’s in build safety features:

1. Passenger air bag off switch

Passengers who plan on transporting their children to and from after school activities, will love the fact that they can turn their passenger air bags on and off.

2. Extra air bags

When smart cars first appeared on the market, smart car owners who were involved in motor accidents did not have a lot of protection. As your average smart car is a lot smaller than a traditional car. In order to offer customers more protection in the event of an accident, the designers of the 2017 Smart Fortwo significantly increased the number of the Smart Fortwo’s air bags.

As an example, each new Smart Fortwo is kitted out with side head air bags and rear head bags, which are designed to cushion your head in the event of a collision. If you’re interested in information about what to do if you’re ever involved in an auto incident, you can find it here.

3. Auto-on headlights

Should you purchase a 2017 Smart Fortwo you’ll never have to worry about having to turn your headlights on when it’s dark, as your vehicle’s sensors will automatically activate your headlights when night falls.

4. Adjustable pedals

If you find it difficult to reach standard pedals, due to your height, you’ll love the fact that you can adjust your pedals to suit your height. So if you’re on the shorter side, you’ll love the 2017 Smart Fortwo!

5. Night vision

To increase drivers’ visibility at night, the designers of the Smart Fortwo chose to incorporate an automotive night vision system, which utilizes an innovative thermographic camera, to increase drivers’ range of visibility. The Smart Fortwo’s night vision system can also be used to increase visibility in inclement weather such as mist, hail and snow.

5. Lane departure warning

If you drift out of your chosen lane accidentally, your Smart Fortwo vehicle will notify you to get back in the center of your lane, by giving you an audio alert. Lane departure warning systems have become increasingly popular as car designers have looked for innovative ways to prevent collisions. Particularly on highways, where drivers can become distracted by fatigue or by the actions of other drivers.

6. Blind spot monitor

The newest Smart Fortwo boasts handy blind sport monitors, which alert you when you’re too close to another vehicle or a potential obstacle such as a wall.

7. Emergency trunk release

The Smart Fortwo also boasts an emergency trunk release which allows anyone who is accidentally trapped in your trunk, to open your trunk from the inside.

So if you’re in the process of browsing for a new car and are considering purchasing a smart car, rest assured that leaps and bounds have been made when it comes to passenger and driver safety.