According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle-related crashes on U.S. highways claimed 37,461 lives in 2016. It’s an astounding number considering that 94 percent of serious crashes are due to dangerous choices or errors people make behind the wheel.
Autonomous vehicles can remove driver decisions from the crash equation, and help minimize death and injury due to vehicle impact.
According to NHTSA, autonomous vehicles can:
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Four to six TriLumina illumination modules positioned at the front and back of the vehicle, usually in the taillights and headlights, enable 360-degree vision for the vehicle. Infrared lights pulse every few billionths of a second—much faster than sonar or radar—to provide instantaneous feedback of potential obstacles and allow the vehicle to take corrective action.
TriLumina illumination modules perform superbly in both daylight and nighttime conditions and, in combination with radar and cameras, in heavy snow and fog.