More Low Cost Driver Safety on Way

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Low cost $200 – $250 collision-avoidance safety systems will be more widely available on compact cars in the not too distant future, according to Automotive News.

collision avoidance heads to compact=Continental, a tier one automotive supplier says it will offer a mid-priced system through a global car maker in 2 to 3 years.

A crash warning system that could spot objects 450 feet away, could cost an automaker only $100 to $120 or an extra $100 if you add a multifunction computer chip. But even a system that cost automakers $250 would be suitable for a compact car, said Samir Salman, CEO of Continental North American operations.

“I think that’s the next thing which is going to come to the market,” he said , claiming that safety should be everyone, not just for the wealthy.

Ford began offering lower cost collision avoidance systems on some mid-priced cars in 2010 in the $500 to $900 consumer price range.

TRW Automotive has also developed a mid-price radar-based safety system that would cost about $500 to consumers, said CNET.

Source: Automotive News via CNET

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