It’s no secret that the continued growth of technology has both helped and hurt the automotive industry. With the addition of smartphones, many auto makers have developed apps that are capable of starting a vehicle and checking other vital systems. On the flip side, smartphones are also responsible for countless accidents due to driver distraction, as the source of most accidents happens moments before the actual collision.
Mobileye, a company that makes Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, has developed a solution that looks to prevent collisions. The system utilizes a camera that sits on that dashboard of a vehicle that can read traffic signs, measure the distance between you and the vehicle ahead, lane markings, and pedestrians. Offered up as the Mobileye 550 or 560, each system provides the driver with features like lane departure warning, forward collision warning, headway monitoring and warning, and pedestrian collision warning. Some convenience features include intelligent high beams, which raises and lowers the high beams to accommodate oncoming traffic and traffic sign recognition including speed limit indication. The latter can also be streamed to your smartphone through Mobileye’s app. The Mobileye 560 allows users to receive updates right on their smartphone while also seeing them on the Eyewatch display mounted on the dashboard.
“The introduction of Bluetooth technology and our intelligent Smartphone app allows drivers to be more in tune with their surroundings,” said Isaac Litman, CEO, Mobileye Products. “The app also provides drive statistics including how many speed limit indications or headway collision notifications were presented if the user chooses the option on the display. This makes the driver more aware of his driving habits.”
The Mobileye is currently on sale in the U.S. in two models, the 550 and the 560. The Mobileye 550 commands a price tag of $749 while the 560 system is $849. Installation of Mobileye varies on the type of vehicle it is going into and it’s recommended that a trained professional installs the system.