TECHNOLOGY TREASURES TO EXPLORE AT THE AUTO SHOW THERE IS MORE TO NEW AUTO TECH THAN ELECTRIC AND AUTONOMOUS While most of today’s automotive headlines seem focused on the future of electric and autonomous vehicles, there’s plenty of tech that’s new and exciting in more conventional areas as well—from headlamps to tailgates and everywhere in between. And the New York International Auto Show is the place to find them. Here are some of the new features on your next new car:
HYUNDAI SANTA FE A key feature for city dwellers, the Hyundai Santa Fe’s Safe Exit Assist system locks the rear doors when it is stopped, if it detects an oncoming vehicle or a bicycle approaching in the adjacent lane. The locks release once the vehicle passes. Jaguar’s i-Pace offers a similar system that sounds a warning rather than locking the doors. FORD F-SERIES Blind Spot Information Systems, including some with cross-traffic alert warn of vehicles approaching from either side, are now available on multiple models. Ford has upped the ante on that technology by making it functional on certain F-Series pickups, even when towing trailers up to 8.5 feet wide and 33 feet long.
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SUBARU FORESTER Distracted driving has been identified as a major cause of vehicle crashes, so some luxury brands now offer driver-monitoring devices to provide a warning if the driver’s attention wanders. So, too, does the more mainstream Subaru Forester with its DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System (DMS). It uses a combination of conventional and near-infrared interior cameras to monitor the driver’s face and identify signs of drowsiness or distraction, based on eye movement.
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