How modern cars save you from yourself
Modern vehicles contain a lot of computers, and they can prevent accidents.
Anton Yelchin died when he didn’t secure his car properly after he got out of it. That’s always been a mistake that anyone can make – and plenty have – but with today’s automatic transmissions it’s easier than ever. Fortunately, some carmakers have thought about the problem, as we demonstrate in this short video:
In the video we show how the Mercedes automatically shifts the transmission into park when the door is opened if the vehicle is in drive and the seatbelt not worn, and if the seatbelt is undone then the car will also engage the electric parkbrake.
While this video demonstrates a useful safety feature, it’s exactly that – a safety feature not a primary method of vehicle operation. You should always carefully secure any vehicle before leaving it, usually by shifting the transmission into park and applying the parkbrake.
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