TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – The shiniest and newest cars and trucks are on display filling at the Tampa Bay Convention Center. But this year safety technology is almost as important as the latest models.
Many come with features designed to prevent accidents like automatic braking systems.
Fred Ligouri with Chevrolet explained how it works. “If you are coming up to an impending obstacle in front of you lights will illuminate against the dash as a warning system as well as a chime will go off.”
There are also systems to alert if you change a lane without using a turn signal and blind zone alerts.
Visitors to the Auto Show welcome the advancements. Driver Richard Coble said, “nobody pays attention to driving anymore, you look around they are all over the lanes and proximity sensors and anything related to that has got to be good.”
The features which come standard on some cars are a step to add safety on the road, much like seat belts and airbags when they were introduced years ago.
Car enthusiast Mark Harrison said, “just like the airbags in the past, everyone was scared to death of them now they know they have saved thousands of lives and as they phase them in slowly the cost come down.”
While these systems should enhance driver safety, they are not to the point of a so-called driverless car,
Chevrolets’s Ligouri added, “these systems do not replace the need for the driver to be aware of surroundings and driver control of their own vehicle.”
Some features which just a few years ago could only be found on high-end cars, like back-up cameras. will be required on all vehicles starting with the 20-17 models.