Alarm signal is about to change for the first time in 70 yearsOctober 3, 2020
New warning lights will instantly make cars much safer.
There is nothing more scary than being on the side of the road after an accident or breakdown and seeing cars flying by, especially at night. Part of the reason a stationary car becomes dangerous, Emergency Safety Systems says, is because, whether its headlights are on or off, the frequency at which a car’s warning light flashes hasn’t changed since 1951.
ESS wants to change that because while the new smart safety systems are great, their appearance can often bring a sense of serenity, while faster flashing hazard lights could get the attention of other motorists much better. The current safety system in most cars is based on the one that was invented almost 70 years ago and never really developed, but with LED technology everything can be improved.
“When a car blinks red or yellow at more than 4 Hz, or four times per second, people sense it with their peripheral vision. It’s instinct, ”said Steven Powers, co-founder of ESS.
Thanks to the Hazard Enhanced Lighting Package that ESS is proposing, early warning of a stationary vehicle can be critical to saving lives. Companies such as Volvo have revolutionized safety technology, but the emergency lights have not been affected. The new technology is quite cheap and will easily integrate into any car.
In its presentation, the company at Tesla Model 3 shows how quickly the danger is eliminated. This has caught the attention of the NHTSA and there is a good chance the technology will soon become mandatory. A faster flashing can be activated by pressing the alarm button a second time, and also automatically in the event of an alarm.
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