10 Reasons Why Vehicle Safety Systems Will Be Essential in 2024 and Beyond


Safety systems in vehicles are critically important in 2024 and will continue to be essential in the future. Government mandates will soon require that all new cars and trucks come with pedestrian-collision avoidance systems that include automatic emergency braking.

These intelligent systems not only make life more convenient but should make motor vehicles safer. Let’s look at how these evolving safety systems, or ADAS, and how they will impact our lives in the coming years:

1. Reduction in Traffic Accidents and Fatalities

Advanced safety systems have significantly contributed to the reduction of traffic accidents and fatalities. Technologies such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control help prevent collisions by providing timely warnings and automatic interventions.

Perhaps, what’s most amazing is per NHTSA, the average vehicle in 2012 had an estimated 56% lower fatality risk for its occupants than the average vehicle on the road in the late 1950s. Imagine the decrease we’ll see as present day safety systems mature!

2. Enhancement of Driver Assistance

Driver assistance systems (ADAS) have become more sophisticated, offering features like blind-spot detection, cross-traffic alert and automated parking. These systems not only enhance driver convenience but also help mitigate human errors, which are a major cause of accidents.

3. Advancements in Autonomous Driving

Safety systems are fundamental to the development and deployment of autonomous vehicles. LIDAR, radar, cameras and AI-driven algorithms work together to navigate and make real-time decisions, ensuring the safety of both passengers and pedestrians. While these advancements are still in their infancy, self-driving cars are not far off!

4. Regulatory Compliance and Standards

Governments and regulatory bodies around the world are increasingly mandating advanced safety features in new vehicles. Compliance with these regulations is essential for manufacturers to sell their cars in different markets, ensuring a baseline level of safety across all vehicles.

At Schaefer Autobody Centers, we perform a safety system calibration after a collision repair using targets, or instructions, from the original manufacturer. It must be stressed how important this step is, as even minor impacts can affect the accuracy of ADAS systems.

5. Consumer Demand and Market Competition

Consumers are more informed and concerned about vehicle safety than ever before. High safety ratings and the presence of advanced safety features are major selling points, influencing purchasing decisions. Manufacturers compete by integrating the latest safety technologies to attract customers.

6. Insurance and Cost Savings

Vehicles equipped with advanced safety systems often qualify for lower insurance premiums due to the reduced risk of accidents. This not only saves money for the consumer but also incentivizes the adoption of these technologies.

A study by Experian noted, “buying a safer vehicle may reduce auto insurance costs, depending on the vehicle’s safety rating and features.” With the cost of vehicles rising, these features should be expected on new vehicle purchases.

7. Technological Integration and Innovation

The automotive industry is witnessing rapid technological advancements. Safety systems are increasingly integrated with other in-car technologies such as infotainment systems, navigation and mobile connectivity, providing a holistic and enhanced driving experience. It’s a lot to learn, but good implementation of UI, or user interfaces, should make many of these advancements seamless.

8. Improvement in Road Safety for Vulnerable Users

Safety technologies also play a crucial role in protecting vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. Features like pedestrian detection and cyclist recognition are designed to reduce accidents involving non-motorized road users. With more distractions than ever inside and outside the vehicle, any extra assistance is sure to be welcomed.

9. Data Collection and Analysis

Modern vehicles are equipped with sensors and connectivity features that collect vast amounts of data. This data can be analyzed to improve safety systems continuously, predict potential issues and refine algorithms for better performance. As we’ve learned in the past few years, artificial intelligence or AI can be a disruptive factor in how we interact with the world.

10. Sustainability and Efficiency

Safety systems contribute to more efficient driving, which can lead to lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions. For instance, adaptive cruise control and eco-driving assistance help optimize driving patterns for better fuel efficiency. Whether it be battery- or gas-powered vehicles, cars becoming smarter will make them more efficient.

The importance of vehicle safety systems this year and beyond cannot be overstated. These systems not only enhance the safety and well-being of drivers, passengers and other roadway users but also drive technological innovation and regulatory compliance. As motor vehicle technology evolves, the integration and advancement of safety features will continue to play a pivotal role in the automotive industry, shaping the future of transportation.