Sensors, lasers, cameras, and radars. This is how the future of safe driving looks. The car of the future is able to identify objects, movements, make accurate distance estimations, and adapt to traffic changes. All this, to make driving safer, and to help victims and their families receive the rightful compensation in car accident injury claims.

AI is once again a pivoting technology that changes how we live and most importantly, drive. It can make everything safer and easier, even for the clumsy drivers out there. The same technologies used to prevent road accidents can be used to prevent workplace injuries, and their implementation has already started a few years ago. The AI has virtually no limits in ways it can be used to boost safety.

Drowsy driving is will no longer impose a threat to those on the road. According to a series of bodies, people who miss two hours of their recommended 7-hour sleep in 24 hours, are twice more likely to cause a crash. In spite of these concerning statistics, US drivers admit to driving when they have difficulties in staying awake. But road safety apps and devices are here not to let you fall asleep or drive when you’re tired. Below are some of them.

Built-in systems

Automotive manufacturers have already included some standardized systems designed to prevent crashes. Built with drivers’ and passengers’ safety in mind, they are also protecting other road participants.

Electronic stability control.
Speed alert. Blind spot monitoring systems.
Smart braking systems like emergency and warning braking systems.
Steering pattern monitoring.
Vehicle position monitoring.

But, each manufacturer prefers to keep their tech unique. Below are some of the smartest car crash prevention technologies integrated on vehicles by different manufacturers.

Attention Assist, by Mercedes. The assistant creates an individual profile of the driver within the first minutes of driving. It records everything from steering patterns to movements, and speed. When the system identifies abnormalities in driving patterns, it alerts the driver.

Driver Alert Control, by Volvo. The Driver Alert Control is activated as soon as the speed exceeds 60 km/h. It measures the driver’s focus levels on a scale. When their attention is under the critical point, the system alters the driver.

Driver Attention Alert, by Nissan. Nissan’s system is also monitoring driving over 60 km/h. When it identifies changes in driving patterns, it shows a message on the main display, usually encouraging the driver to take a break.

External devices

If you think these systems are smart, wait until you see what external devices have been created to increase road safety.

Anti-Sleep Pilot. The Anti-Sleep Pilot is a smart little gem. Before starting to actually use it, the driver has to take a short quiz and find their driving profile. Once installed on the vehicle, each driver will be asked to evaluate their drowsiness level before each ride. By analysing the input from the sensors, the car emits audible and visual alerts to make the driver take a break.

Warden. Warden is a heart rate-based tool that monitors the driver’s alertness through technologies like ECG and heart rate variance. When the drowsiness levels go below a critical level or when the system identifies health issues that might endanger safety on the rod, an alert is issued.

Stop Sleep. This small device measures the driver’s levels of focus by using built-in sensors. When it identifies low alertness levels, the tool emits loud sounds and vibrations to alert warn the driver.

Advicy Drive. This device is also based on heart rate monitoring sensors and it behaves similarly to the Warden bracelet.

Mobile apps

Long trips are no longer a safety concern for drivers and passengers. The mobile apps developed to prevent crashes caused by a series of reasons are more effective than ever before. Below are listed only some of them.

Lifesaver. Lifesaver is less focused on drowsy drivers and more focused on preventing distractions. The app is available for both iOS and Android users and it stuns through its simplicity. The app will only show a “keep your eyes on the road” each time the driver tries to use the mobile when driving. According to this personal injury solicitor agency, most car crashes are caused by distracted drivers. And what is the biggest distraction of all, today? Yep, smartphones.

Truemotion. Parents of teenage children can rest assured their children will drive safely. The Truemotion app allows parents to keep an eye on their children’s driving behaviour, their location, and road rules and regulations they break. Of course, when rules are broken, parents receive notifications. Parents can just give their children a call to prevent accidents.

Everdrive. This is another app designed to help drivers keep their hands off their smartphones when driving. This app keeps a record of your driving behaviour and allows you to revise each trip you take. The fun thing is, it also has a score for each trip. This will make you strive to drive safer each time. The best feature the app has is the option to silence the app, even if it keeps running in the background.

messageLOUD. Texting while driving is another frequent cause of accidents on roads all over the world. But messageLOUD seems to be the best app to prevent these accidents from happening. The app accesses all your messaging applications and reads your messages out loud, as one as there is one to read.

Stay Awake Pro. Now, back to the apps that keep us awake on long car trips. Drivers can set the app’s “talk to me” function when they are diving alone. If the app senses fatigue or wrong answers, it signals the driver to keep them engaged.

Drive awake. This is a mobile app that evaluates your fatigue levels by monitoring your eye movement.

Driving will become safer by the day. Thanks to AI and machine learning applications, sensors, cameras, and other smart tools, drivers and passengers can enjoy safer roads and lower chances of being involved in road accidents.