Chevrolet has been quick to adopt some emerging crash-avoidance technologies for its range of 2015 model year vehicles in the hopes that next time you’re backing your Chevy Cruze out of the driveway, you can spare your child’s bike any unfortunate, crippling damage.
The more basic of these accident-preventing technologies is a rearview backup camera. Positioned on the rear of the car, the camera activates every time you throw the shifter into Reverse, and gives a real-time display of whatever is lurking behind the rear wheels. According to a Chevrolet press release, the large majority of shoppers on AutoTrader find this technology to be practically essential. Beside the Cruze, it’s also available on a wide range of Chevrolet’s lineup, including the Volt, Malibu, Impala, and even the Corvette.
The more sophisticated crash-avoidance technology on the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze is a radar cross-traffic alert system. This uses two short-range radars – one left, one right – located at the rear of the vehicle to sense for approaching oncoming traffic in either direction. Again, it’s activated whenever the car is in Reverse, and can detect approaching vehicles up to 65 feet away.
So the next time you pop your new 2015 Chevrolet Cruze into “R” and let off the brakes, there are officially no excuses for any bent metal. Or at least, very few.