GM Announces New Safety Feature for 2015

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Photo Cred: GM.com

Earlier this week, in support of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Click it or Ticket” public safety campaign, General Motors announced plans to launch a new seat belt assurance system coming as an optional feature in select 2015 models. The system requires the driver and front passenger to buckle up before releasing the shift interlock.

Seat belt use reached 87 percent nationwide according to a report from the NHTSA. The report notes that seat belt use has been steadily increasing across the county since 1995, especially in “primary law states” where a driver can be pulled over solely for not using seat belts. Still, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, young adults (18-24) are the least likely to wear seat belts, and have the highest crash-related injury rates of all adults.

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Lexus: Introducing the Pre-Collision Safety System

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Photo Credit: Lexus

No matter how diligent you are in avoiding them, unforeseen obstacles can pop up around any corner and cause great damage to your vehicle or even endanger your life. Lexus, however, is attempting to mitigate the destruction caused by these out-of-the-blue accidents with its new Advanced Pre-Collision System. Now available with the Lexus LS, this collision avoidance system is designed to bring the vehicle to a complete stop when obstacles (including animals and pedestrians) find their way into the car’s path.

A short trip in the car to the grocery store can become incredibly dangerous – even for the most conscientious driver. That’s why the editors of Up To Speed are curious to see where this type of technology takes the auto industry next. With the hype of self-parking and iPhone-synced automobiles, it seems that car manufacturers are trying to gain favor with consumers by adding increasingly sophisticated safety features to vehicles. If this is the case, Advanced Pre-Collision Systems in more cars could be beneficial for people both on and off the road. Continue reading