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Autonomous Vehicles

The Evolution of Automated Safety Technologies

Driver assistance technologies in today’s motor vehicles are already helping to save lives and prevent injuries.

A number of today’s new motor vehicles have technology that helps drivers avoid drifting into adjacent lanes or making unsafe lane changes, or that warns drivers of other vehicles behind them when they are backing up, or that brakes automatically if a vehicle ahead of them stops or slows suddenly, among other things. These and other safety technologies use a combination of hardware (sensors, cameras, and radar) and software to help vehicles identify certain safety risks so they can warn the driver to act to avoid a crash.

The continuing evolution of automotive technology aims to deliver even greater safety benefits and – one day – deliver Automated Driving Systems (ADS) that can handle the whole task of driving when we don’t want to or can’t do it ourselves.

 

Five Eras of Safety

1950 - 2000

Safety/Convenience Features

  • Cruise Control
  • Seat Belts
  • Anti-lock Brakes

 

2000 – 2010

Advanced Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Blind Spot Detection
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning

 

2010 – 2016

Advanced Driver Assistance Features

  • Rear-view Video Systems
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Rear Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Lane Centering Assist

 

2016 - 2025

Partially Automated Safety Features

  • Lane keeping assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Traffic jam assist
  • Self-park

 

2025+

Fully Automated Safety Features

  • Highway autopilot

Our Safety Partners

  • Geico Philanthropic Foundation

  • The Florida Transportation Builders' Association, Inc.

  • FDOT, The Florida Department of Transportation, regulates public transportation in Florida.

  • Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, a cabinet agency of the Florida government

  • The Allstate Foundation creates prosperous communities to fulfill hopes and dreams.

  • Health Care District of Palm Beach County

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; United States Department of Transportation

  • Enterprise Holdings private foundation, giving back to communities.

  • The Express Car Wash, a proud sponsor of Dori Saves Lives and other community endeavors.

  • Interactive car driving simulator.

  • HNTB Corporation is an architecture, civil engineering consulting and construction management firm.

  • A global infrastructure advisory firm providing practical solutions.

  • Road construction company in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

  • Volkert: Engineering, environmental consulting, program management, and construction services.

  • TranSystems provides engineering and architectural planning, design and construction solutions.

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