Are Automotive Brakes Getting Smarter?

A number of recent engineering developments in automotive brakes technology is starting to show up in many new vehicles this year. Auto manufacturers have been testing new features over the last few years, searching for the optimum features that will make vehicles safer to drive for motorists.

These improvements are changing the way brakes react when a car is in motion, and the variety of additional safety features are helping drivers stay safer and avoid collisions on the road.

Forward Collision Warnings

One such feature is a forward collision warning, which uses radars and cameras installed in the front of the vehicle to identify objects or other cars that are suddenly within close range of its path. Several audible or physical warnings – lights or chimes on the instrument display panel or a vibration in the steering wheel or driver’s seat, for example – notify the driver of the need for a hard stop.

If the driver does not react in time or doesn’t brake hard enough, some systems will apply an automatic brake assist to help avoid or reduce the impact of a collision. Some automakers have taken further measures to install similar systems for blind spots that a driver can’t see, or when backing out of a space where a view of oncoming traffic from either direction is impaired.

Lane Departure Warnings

A similar safety feature called a lane departure warning is designed to notify drivers who are either distracted or falling asleep at the wheel when the car deviates beyond lane markings on the road. Here, the camera and sensor record a driving pattern while the car is moving and alerts the driver with an audio warning when the car deviates from that pattern for no apparent reason.

The system typically works in tandem with rear view and side mirrors, showing a blinking cursor on the mirror and the front display, to go along with the audible signal to alert the driver.

Anti-Lock Brakes

The first “advanced” automotive brakes employed anti-lock systems that allowed drivers to retain traction and steering control when braking suddenly, either on wet surfaces or due to sudden obstacle. Here, a driver’s reaction time and behavior is still a factor, since they must brake hard, stay on the brake to fully actuate the system, then steer away from the danger.

By applying steady brake pressure, the system will pulse the automotive brakes to allow the tires to regain traction enough to minimize the impact or avoid a collision altogether. A speed sensor monitors the car at all times, looking for a rapid deceleration in the wheels as a signal to apply the anti-lock assistance.

Predictive Brake Assist

Predictive braking is another modern concept that works in tandem with an advanced Cruise Control system to maintain a safe distance between vehicles automatically. If the system senses a hard stop will be necessary, it prepares brake components in advance to apply enough power to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance possible.

These innovations in automotive brakes will save countless lives by eliminating a margin of error when brakes are not applied quickly enough or hard enough to minimize the impact of a life-threatening collision, or eliminate one altogether.

Training for Automotive Service Technician Careers

Accredited vocational and technical schools and colleges are available to provide a quality education for those looking to pursue careers as automotive service technicians. Training can allow students to gain the skills they need to start their desired career in the automotive field. Career training possibilities can include earning a certificate or associate level degree. Students should look into various programs in order to find the one that fits their individual goals.

There are a number of things to know about obtaining a career in this area of the field.

  1. Automotive service technicians are trained to maintain, repair, and inspect various automotives.
  2. Students can learn to work with trucks and cars that are powered by gasoline, ethanol, electricity, and more.
  3. Work can involve using electronic diagnostics, compression gages, digital manuals, and a variety of other tools including hand held.
  4. Training for a career as an automotive service technician can be done at several levels including the certificate and associate degree level.

By gaining knowledge in what these professionals do and what it takes to pursue a career, students can start on the right path.

Training for a career requires a lot of hard work and dedication from each student. Students who wish to enter into the workforce prepared to succeed can do so by completing various levels of study.

  1. Certificates can allow students to pursue their desired career by completing six months to one year of study. Certificate level training programs give students the opportunity to specialize in a specific area of the field.
  2. Associate level degree programs typically require students to complete two years of accredited study. Vocational schools allow students to complete coursework while working in the field.
  3. Students can complete continuing education courses in specialized areas in order to enhance a skill or learn new technology or techniques.

By gaining an accredited education at these various levels students will receive the knowledge and skills needed to have a successful career.

Coursework will vary by the level of education desired and the specific program chosen for enrollment. There are a number of areas to be covered when gaining an automotive service technician education.

  1. A course in automotive repair prepares students to work with a number of automotive to inspect, test, and repair various problems.
  2. A computers course teaches students how to use various computer programs for diagnosing automotive problems, and how to work with a number of automotive computerized systems.
  3. Electronics courses can train students to work with electronic components and diagnostic equipment that control the braking, steering, and transmission in automotives.

By receiving an education in these specific areas students will be prepared to enter into their desired career.

Accredited educational programs and vocational schools allow students to obtain the necessary skills and training needed to pursue the career of their dreams. Full accreditation provides proof that the program will offer the quality education students deserve. Agencies like the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology ( http://www.accsc.org/ ) are approved to accredit qualifying educational training programs. Students can begin the path by researching various automotive service training programs and enrolling today.

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