• Here’s another fleet Safety Tip of the Week from the folks over at Automotive Fleet… this week is all about staying safe around your vehicle’s air bag:

    An air bag needs about 10 inches of space to inflate. Ride at least 10 inches (measured from the center of the steering wheel to your breastbone) from the air bag cover, if you can do this while maintaining full control of the vehicle. If you cannot safely sit 10 inches away from the air bag, contact your vehicle dealer or manufacturer for advice about additional ways of moving back from your air bag. 

    Passengers should also sit at least 10 inches away from the passenger-side air bag. 

    Sitting too close to the air bag in your vehicle could result in serious injury if the bag deploys in a collision.  The forces generated by air bag deployment are strong enough to cause trauma when impacting the body.

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  • Cadillac, an established innovator in safety technologies, is now pursuing still-evolving technologies that include in-vehicle Doppler radar to spot obstructions or traffic jams ahead. 

    Future efforts will also include autonomous vehicles that can communicate with each other, traffic signals and buildings. 

    "We see things moving toward a point in the future where perhaps vehicles won't crash," said Capp. "We work on developing advanced safety technologies for Cadillac that alert drivers to potential dangers around them."

    Capp and his team of engineers, inventors and futurists have developed life-saving active safety technologies that are already in place on the 2010 Cadillac STS Platinum, including:

    -Lane departure warning -- a camera-based lane detection system that warns drivers when they leave their lane without signaling. The camera, mounted near the inside rearview mirror, identifies traffic lane markings and provides audible alerts

    -Blind spot alert -- twin radar beacons that detect an object in a vehicle's blind zone and provide a visual warning in the outside side mirror

    -Adaptive cruise control -- sensors detect objects in a vehicle's path and slow the vehicle down to avoid a collision.

    Would you be interested in using this technology in your fleet?  Leave a comment and let us know.

    [via Automotive Fleet]

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