What we’ve come to expect from our new SUVs has changed. In fact, it wasn’t too long ago that backup cameras were considered a luxury option. Now, many SUV shoppers expect to be wowed by SUVs offering all manner of sensors, alerts and other sophisticated driving assist technologies.
Let’s give you an overview of some of that next-gen tech that will impress your friends. And we’ll use this year’s Detroit auto show Cars.com Best in Show winner, the all-new 2020 Kia Telluride, to show how some of these new sensor-based features come to life.
Highway Driving Assist — Lane Following Assist (Standard) — Smart Cruise Control With Stop and Go (Standard)
The new Kia Telluride’s Highway Driving Assist (HDA) system is a little taste of the future in semi-autonomous driving. Together with the Lane Following Assist and Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go (both are standard in the Telluride), this feature is designed to adjust the distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you. By leveraging these features, it controls the steering and acceleration along with the braking to adjust to the distance of the vehicle detected ahead of you. HDA can also recognize speed limits on some federal highways and adjust accordingly. This is the type of tech feature that can give you that added peace of mind, especially on those long family road trips.
Safe Exit Assist
Safe Exit Assist, standard on the Telluride, is designed to prevent rear passengers from exiting the vehicle when the system detects potential hazards approaching. In this case, the system engages the electronic child locks and issues an audible and visual warning, helping to alert you to hold off before ruining the doors on your brand-new 2020 Kia Telluride. So, in scary times when you’re stuck on the highway, this can help protect your kids in the back of the SUV from opening the door to oncoming traffic.
Surround View Monitor
One of the most helpful features the Telluride offers is its available Surround View Monitor. The engineers over at Kia found a way to use four exterior-mounted cameras and display an overhead picture that gives the driver a unique bird’s-eye view and better awareness of their surrounding area when parking. It’s similar to having a dronelike point of view above your vehicle that helps with spatial awareness.
Blind Spot Collison-Avoidance Assist
We don’t have eyes in the back of our head, so it’s nice to know that Blind Spot Collison-Avoidance Assist is there to help you by providing a visual and audible warning to make you aware of a potentially hazardous lane change. This technology comes standard in the 2020 Kia Telluride as one part of Kia’s Drive Wise technology ecosystem. Additionally, if the visual and audible warning are ignored and the driver continues, the brakes will be applied to prevent some potential accidents.
When it’s all said and done, we’re living in a time where our vehicles are getting more and more advanced, so drivers can have more peace of mind to enjoy the journey — and their sweet new ride.
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