While the look of many of the new cars being introduced on the market may be getting rave reviews, those driving many of these vehicles are complaining about the lack of visibility. This is concerning as a lack of visibility can lead to accidents.
According to auto industry experts, there are a couple of reasons in place for the lower visibility, including a focus on fuel efficiency and tougher crash standards.
For one thing, when it comes to better fuel efficiency, the idea is to take the weight out of the vehicles. One way to do this is by eliminating some of the heavy glass. However, for the driver, having less glass can make it harder to see when merging onto a highway, backing up or looking up at a traffic signal.
The goal is for auto makers to reach the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. To do this, manufacturers have had to look at things like that aerodynamics of a car and its weight.
This may mean more changes to the looks of cars in the future. But, the vehicle line executive for large cars at Chrysler Group LLC said manufacturers have probably already hit their maximum with reducing the glass.
In an effort to try and improve visibility, some manufacturers have turned to technology with backup cameras and side blind zone alerts. Some also include rear cross-traffic cameras and lane departure warnings. Experts say it is these types of technologies that will end up giving manufacturers more flexibility as they continue to design cars into the future.
For the average Tennessee resident, this means it is important to look beyond just aesthetics and good gas mileage when purchasing a car. For while having good visibility may not get the most appearance compliments, visibility is important for preventing accidents.