Tech-Savvy Cars Rule the Road in 2012
Nissan Leaf seems to be leading the charge (pardon the pun) for electric cars. For all of you "greens" out there who want a car that can do the same tricks as a traditional gas guzzling, resources-destroying internal combustions engine, this is your baby.
The Leaf offers both comfort and convenience: Nissan Intelligent Key and Push Button start, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, and trip computer. The car boasts a USB connection port for iPod interface and other compatible devices, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and a 7-inch color display Nissan Navigation System. "Carwings" allows the Leaf to monitor the state of charge/charging status, start the vehicle-charging event, and activate the heater and air-conditioner.
Just keep in mind that the Leaf is an urban car. Long weekend road trips are simply not recommended for this 100% electric vehicle.
Life is not a video game - so don’t expect any bonus points for mowing down pedestrians. Keeping this in mind, the makers of the Volvo S60 Sedan have pioneered a pedestrian detection device with auto braking that monitors traffic in front of the car and brakes in advance of a low-speed collision. The feature works also great in helping to avoid bumper-to-bumper collisions at speeds of 20 mph or under. A radar behind the grille and a camera behind the windshield are the keys to this fascinating innovation.
The feature works up to 500 feet and first warns then auto-brakes if you are slow to react. The Volvo S60 is especially good for fraught driving cities like Los Angeles and New York - or for when that cutie next to you has you... um... distracted while driving.