July 30, 2015

3 Key Driving Technologies

The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence and MIT AgeLab’s “Top Technologies for Mature Drivers” survey noted that 40% of adults want to have blind spot warning technology on their next vehicle. Take a look at some of the technology upgrades you might want in your next car, too.

1. Blind Spot Warning

Blind spot warning systems are integrated into camera systems and motion sensors. When objects that do not appear in rear view or side view mirrors are detected, the driver receives an alert. In some instances, a series of beeps will indicate how close the driver is to the curb or a parking meter when backing into a spot. This is a great assist to drivers with limited mobility, which is probably one reason why it’s the most preferred tech upgrade.

2. Crash Mitigation

Imagine knowing that a collision is going to happen seconds before it occurs. This might be enough time to possibly avert the crash or at least brace for impact. That’s why many drivers with crash mitigation systems feel safer behind the wheel. Car companies are making upgrades like autonomous breaking and lane departure warning a priority for their upcoming fleets. Take a look at a few of the cars that include these technologies today.

3. Drowsy Driver Alert

The technologies listed above could clearly assist drowsy drivers, but some carmakers are taking things a step further: they’re creating driver profiles to monitor a person’s driving behavior. Using the driver’s profile, the car can alert the driver that it may be time for a break if there is any sudden or drastic change in their movement.

For more information, here’s the full list of consumer-ranked top technologies for drivers.

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