We take it as a sign that electronic driver safety devices are becoming more popular as Consumer Reports chose to examine two aftermarket products in its November 2013 issue.
The publication notes that the aftermarket systems are a way to get new in-car safety features without having to purchase a new car.
It tested the $850 Mobileye 560 system (pictured above) and a $250 Goshers Blind Spot Detection system and concluded both performed their jobs well.
The Mobileye early crash warning system and lane departure warning system (and pedestrian detection system) got this nod, “Overall, we found that Mobileye’s features worked well and gave us ample time to react, on the road and in simulated situations at our track. But staff members noticed one annoyance: At speeds faster than 19 mph, the display constantly shows the number of seconds—up to 2.5—that your car is behind the one in front.”
Goshers’ system, which is a single function blind spot detector “reliably warned us of other cars but that it can be a bit overzealous, with guardrails and other objects causing false alerts. It was more helpful when we adjusted its sensitivity to its lowest setting and opted to get warnings only when a turn signal was activated.”
Installation on the Goshers system took about 4 hours.
Consumer Reports concluded that both systems can help drivers to avoid crashes.
Source: Consumer Reports