How the future of cars could help keep us safer

When we think of the future of cars, many people picture flying automobiles or self-driving vehicles. This can be a truly scary thought, but exciting at the same time. How will the future of cars help us? With so many options, we'll break down how we will be safer in the cars of the future:

Self-driving cars
Many people don't trust self-driving cars, and for good reason. It's a combination of fear of the unknown and fear of machines. If self-driving cars get too smart, will they take over the roads — like something out of a sci-fi movie? What about safety features? If we don't have the ability to control it, will it still be safe?

These are all very normal and valid questions. Here's one thing we know, though. A new safety algorithm could be the future of self-driving cars, creating a better sense of comfort and appeal to these automobiles of the future. Inverse reports that a new, next-generation algorithm could change how we view the safety of self-driving cars. This new algorithm is said to be able to make safety decisions in real-time, such as being able to brake right away for a sudden obstruction. However, the interesting thing about this algorithm is that it will only be able to make "harm-free choices" — meaning it would protect both the passengers of the vehicle and the pedestrians outside of it.

Electric cars
The future of electric cars is not only fascinating, but great for the environment. Fast Company lists some of the advantages of electric cars, including running very quietly, eliminating fossil fuels, accelerating faster and operating with cheaper maintenance. This all sounds great, but how is it possible?

The answer is simple: the motors of the vehicle go inside the wheels. This allows the vehicle to take on any shape or form, giving it the ability to run smoother, faster and more safely. The source notes that any form of seat or compartment can be built over the base of an electric car due to the motor-in-wheel construction.

Pre-existing safety features
The New York Times points out that your car has so many current security features, you probably are unaware of some. There are features such as electronic stability control, traction control and lane departure systems. These are all subtly working behind-the-scenes to keep you safe behind the wheel.

If you don't feel like you fully know what your car has to offer, take some time to read your car manual or look into the safety features more. Knowing what your car has on it can help you to stay safe in a multitude of situations.

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