safety signIn our research and writing on behalf of your Buick car dealership in Thunder Bay ON, we came across many safety features available in a new Buick car in Canada, some brand new and others have been around for some time.  The 2013 model year brought with it many added safety features for new Buick cars in Thunder Bay.  “Buick added a host of safety features for 2013: a standard backup camera and optional cross-traffic and blindspot alerts to the Verano, a standard front-center airbag for the Enclave and optional forward collision and lane departure warnings for the new Encore.”

An intriguing find in our research was that Buick, rather than repurposing the radar from adaptive cruise control mounted near or in the car’s grille — often the way collision warning systems work — decided to make the Buick Encore capable of seeing oncoming obstacles with a windshield-mounted camera that takes 10 to 12 images per second.  “It looks at the change in size of [the] object as you approach it,” GM safety engineer Ray Kiefer told us last week. “It works much like the human eye.”

Another interesting tidbit is that the system doesn’t engage automatic braking, which some do. However, it is still capable in the area of helping to avoid fender benders and lower repair costs for the ones that happen.  We stumbled upon one particular study in the new Buick car world, about the features listed above and their effectiveness in adding safety to the roadways.  Here are some of the details, “A study released last month by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports crash-avoidance technologies are having ‘some clear success stories.’