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Vehicle Tech That Saves Lives and Energy


June 8, 2021 ( Newswire) The forward march of the vehicle technology sector never stops. Just in the past five years, there have been dozens of new, creative processes and devices that boost fuel economy, enhance safety, and allow for pinpoint accuracy in cargo and vehicle tracking. Ironically, some of the most effective, potentially most transformative technologies have not been the brand-new ones. It seems the real action is coming from companies and engineers who devise better ways to operate older programs. Here's a summary of what will likely finish the year as the five most important categories of vehicle technology.


When start-stop systems were first available on automobiles more than a decade ago, few consumers thought much of the concept. Namely, start-stop shuts a car's engine off for a few seconds at a time whenever the vehicle comes to a complete stop, such as at red lights, stop signs, and when idling in a parking space. Those early devices were built into motors but drivers could feel and hear every change from on to off, and back again. Plus, when it debuted, start-stop was not able to improve fuel economy by more than one or two MPG. Today's version is far more efficient, both in terms of fuel economy and the totally silent operation of the system.

Fleet Management

Any commercial fleet manager knows the value of a top-notch telematics system. Not only can company owners know the exact location of every rolling asset, but they can also use fleet telematics programs to rein in data about cargo weight, speed, precise arrival times, driver hours, and much more. In all, just about any data point that is relevant for managing a commercial fleet is within the reach of modern telematics devices and programs. For more information, review a helpful guide on the topic to learn more about all the incredible things this smart tech can do to boost any company's bottom line.

Automated Brake Assist

Early attempts to convert car buyers to automated brake assist were dismal. For one thing, manufacturers didn't do enough testing to find out how people would react to an automated braking function. Automated brake assist not only frightened owners, but it also caused them to distrust many other new, assistive forms of tech that were appearing on passenger cars at the time.

Fortunately, improved engineering has totally transformed into a user-friendly, safe, and sometimes life-saving feature. Automakers who offer it are careful to include override features so drivers can turn automated brake assist on and off whenever they wise. Additionally, long-term consumer testing helped companies figure out how to calibrate the power and speed of brake assist so that it worked in a more natural way with human drivers.

Fuel Coaches

Smart fuel coaches have been available on hybrid passenger cars for more than a decade now, and they've come a long way. Modern coaches include both audio and written text on in-car monitors that teach drivers how to get the most out of every gallon of fuel via slow acceleration, judicious braking, and low power idling.

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