- Avoid accidents. Advancements like the new Nissan Altima's Moving Object Detection can alert drivers to moving objects near the vehicle. Avoid backing over a family pet or hitting a person as you roll out of a parking space. Most new vehicles also add in cameras to provide drivers a view of the area around the vehicle when the car is in reverse to avoid hitting any objects not visible in the rearview mirror.
- Collision warning. Ford, Toyota, Honda, and Chevrolet are just a few of the manufacturers incorporating collision warning systems into their vehicles. Some systems simply warn drivers that a collision is imminent, while others apply brakes to stop the car.
- Centering. A variety of manufacturers now offer Lane Keep Assist, which automatically centers the car in the middle of two lanes. Adding it as an option on a Ford Fusion or Toyota Prius will add anywhere from $1,000-$5,000 to the total cost of the car, however.
Whether the average car buyer takes advantage of these options, we've all learned these upgrades often become standard over time. It may seem like something out of a sci-fi novel, but the concept of a car that drives itself is no longer mere fiction.