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High-Tech Collision Warnings, No Matter How Smart Your Car Is


The Mobileye system for older cars does not automatically apply the brakes in an emergency, but it does give audio and visual warnings.

Research suggests older vehicles can be equipped with advanced driver-assistance systems to make them safer.

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Research suggests older vehicles can be equipped with high-tech systems to make them safer.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Ian Reagan said such technology could be especially valuable for teenage drivers because mile after mile, the system would remind the driver of safe driving practices.

According to Reagan's study, which was performed on 22 vehicles owned by Institute employees, 62% of drivers who drove vehicles equipped with an "advanced driver assistance technology system" from Mobileye changed their driving habits.

The Mobileye 630 system, designed for older cars, uses a windshield-mounted camera and dashboard display, and issues audio and visual warnings, but does not automatically hit the brakes in emergency situations.

Tests with the system's alert function deactivated and later activated found the number of negligence warnings fell between 30% and 70%.

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