Advances in crash-avoidance systems have hit a fevered pace over the last few years, including vehicle-stability technology requirements on all 2012 models aimed at preventing rollover accidents . New advances are possible primarily because of telematics like GPS navigation systems and advanced computer-controlled drive systems. This technology is only the beginning of many incredible things to come—but will it eliminate auto accidents?
BMW’s Left Turn Assist leverages GPS and ABS. It can calculate the car’s position in traffic, determine if it is in the left-turn lane, and use forward-facing radar to scan oncoming traffic to figure out if a left turn can safely be completed. If not, the vehicle automatically applies the brakes and emits a warning.