Here’s what I’m calling the safety features and I’m going to use generic names.
- Lane departure warning: picks up the stripes on the road and gives you an alert if you start drifting across them without using your signal.
- Lane departure assist: the car will turn the steering wheel itself if you drift too much to bring you back into your lane.
- Cruise control radar: maintains whatever gap you specify behind the car in front of you whenever cruise control is on. Adjusts throttle as needed.
- Front object detection: alerts you if it detects you’re getting close to an object.
- Front object braking: if you get too close, the car applies the brakes for you. Some variations include adjusting the brakes ahead of time so they’ll be slightly more responsive in certain situations.
- Pedestrian detction: front object braking for people, animals, etc. instead of cars.
- Back-up camera: explained by others above.
- All-around camera: views on screen of the front, sides and rear of your car.
I’m not sure if this is a safety or a convenience feature, but some cars will automatically dim the high beams on your headlights if they detect an oncoming car. I can do that myself, so it’s not a big deal.
The Hyundai didn’t have 3, 4, 5 and 6 except on the most expensive version, and I think you still had to add a package of options to get all of them. As a result, monthly insurance would be the highest of the ones I was looking at.
Talked with my credit unit today. That car search program is run by a different department or company and the only way to initially contact them is through the form. So for what I wanted, I’d have to fill out the form three times, then wait for them to call me back and hope that somehow all three choices got assigned to the same person.
If I hadn’t done as much research as I did, maybe I’d make use of it because they’d narrow things down for me. I think I’m going to take a shot at getting the prices from the dealers myself.