The camera-based crash avoidance system that General Motors originally offerred on the GMC Terrain, and now the Chevrolet Equinox has found its way into the Popular Mechanics top 10 breakthrough technology award winners of 2012.
As a reminder, the system utilizes a camera mounted near the rearview mirror that follows the lines along the road, signaling the driver if his vehicle starts to stray into another lane. It also will signal if the vehicle is too close to another one in the front to stop safely. And because the system is not radar-based, which is far more expensive, PM states that the $295 optional system is “the first practical and cost-effective single-camera vision system for crash avoidance in passenger cars.”
We always thought the first cost-effective crash avoidance system was good driving skills… but this could work just as well.