Some cars offer more smart auto features than others, and different manufacturers provide different options with their models. So, you need to decide which smart auto features are must-haves, and which you can do without. Below are examples of smart auto features worth considering:
- Collision avoidance systems. These employ radar or other external sensors to detect surrounding cars and other objects. They can warn you of a potential collision, and even automatically apply the brakes or steering to avoid the accident.
- Blind spot monitoring. This is a particular type of collision avoidance system which warns you if there is a car in your blind spot.
- Adaptive cruise control. If you have the cruise control on and come upon a car driving slower than your speed, adaptive cruise control will slow down your car until the other vehicle is out of the way.
- Driver alertness monitoring. These systems watch your eyes and make sure you are not falling asleep when driving. If you start to nod off, the car will wake you up.
- Smart keys. Smart keys can be programmed to provide different features or limits depending on who is driving. For example, they can be set to prevent a teen driver from exceeding a certain speed limit.
- Adjustable pedals. Most cars allow you to adjust the position of the driver’s seat or steering wheel, but a few also allow you to adjust the position of the foot pedals. This can be quite helpful if you have long or short legs.
- Parking cameras. These smart auto features come in different types. Some use a rear-facing camera to give you a clear view when backing up. Others provide a “bird’s-eye view” of the vehicle from above, allowing you to see all around the car and make sure you fit within the parking space.
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