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Cars and modern technology

Most of us will remember when a car was advanced if it had power steering, electric windows and a CD player, but nowadays cars have advanced even more and the technological improvements that manufacturers are coming up with nowadays are unbelievable.

I am going to talk about these innovations that are currently optional on new cars.

ACC (adaptive cruise control) with distance alert and collision warning with an auto brake.  
This has to be one of the best innovations that have been announced in a long time. A car that can brake by itself to avoid a collision. The adaptive cruise control works at over 20 km/h an hour and all the driver has to do is set the desired speed and the minimum time gap to the vehicle in front of you. When the sensor detects a slower vehicle in front of you, the speed automatically adapts to that vehicle, while the auto brake is designed for motorway driving at all speeds and can sense an impending collision and alert the driver. This sensor works within 150 metres and if the vehicle in front of you suddenly brakes (or is stationary) and the collision warning senses that a collision is likely, it will alert the driver and pre-charge the brakes to prepare for panic braking and help shorten the reaction time. If the driver still doesn't react quickly enough then the brakes will activate automatically. This is amazing as it is helps drivers avoid collisions and reduces the severity of a crash.

IC (Inflatable Curtains).  
The inflatable curtain inflates in the event of a side-impact or rollover accident to help protect the heads of all onboard occupants. It helps protect passengers in the front or back of the car and it also offers added protection to children. The aim is to try and avoid the damage that can be caused in the event of the car rolling and then sliding along tarmac or dirt.

ASC (Automatic Stability Control).  
This reacts on uneven or slippery road surfaces and ensures you can accelerate out of each bend safely and with maximum traction. It helps prevent a loss of traction on the drive wheels when setting off, when accelerating out of corners and in other critical movements. When one wheel has good traction but the other is on a slippery patch of road, the wheel with less traction is braked until it is again able to gain a grip on the road surface. If both wheels lose traction, the engine management system also intervenes and reduces the power output, which significantly reduces the danger of the rear of the vehicle skidding out and the most amazing bit is that the entire process takes place in mili-seconds.

HDC (Hill Descent Control).  
The HDC hold the vehicle steadily at a pre-determined speed, helping with the job of brake control so that the driver can concentrate completely on steering; this makes the potentially difficult task of driving down a steep hill or over rough ground easy.

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