Lexus: Introducing the Pre-Collision Safety System

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Photo Credit: Lexus

No matter how diligent you are in avoiding them, unforeseen obstacles can pop up around any corner and cause great damage to your vehicle or even endanger your life. Lexus, however, is attempting to mitigate the destruction caused by these out-of-the-blue accidents with its new Advanced Pre-Collision System. Now available with the Lexus LS, this collision avoidance system is designed to bring the vehicle to a complete stop when obstacles (including animals and pedestrians) find their way into the car’s path.

A short trip in the car to the grocery store can become incredibly dangerous – even for the most conscientious driver. That’s why the editors of Up To Speed are curious to see where this type of technology takes the auto industry next. With the hype of self-parking and iPhone-synced automobiles, it seems that car manufacturers are trying to gain favor with consumers by adding increasingly sophisticated safety features to vehicles. If this is the case, Advanced Pre-Collision Systems in more cars could be beneficial for people both on and off the road. Continue reading

Honda: Now Offering Siri Eyes Free Integration in Select Models

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Photo Credit: Honda

Honda has made a big announcement for drivers who just can’t keep their eyes off of their smart phone while on the road. Now, in select models, like the 2013-2014 Honda Accord and Acura RDX, motorists will be able to sync their iPhones directly with their cars. This will allow them to task Siri (Apple’s voice-activated assistant app) with checking their voicemail, text messages, weather, and more, all without distracting their eyes and hands from driving.

We’ve all heard how potentially dangerous (and socially irresponsible) it is to constantly check your phone while operating a vehicle, but some motorists just can’t put their undivided attention into driving. The editors at Up To Speed commend Honda for attempting to find a solution to the distracted driving epidemic that’s already claimed too many lives. What do you think? Is Honda taking a step in the right direction to keep the roads safer, or are they just enabling a driving culture that refuses to take responsibility behind the wheel? Continue reading

General Motors: Chevrolet Offers iPhone Users Siri Eyes Free Integration

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Photo Credit: © General Motors

With the positive customer response of Siri Eyes Free integration in the Chevy Sonic and Spark, it’s no surprise that Chevrolet is spreading this technology across several different 2014 models, including the Chevy Camaro, Cruze, Equinox, Malibu, SS, and Volt. Combined with Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, Apple’s Siri will allow drivers to make calls, play music, send messages, and access their calendars while keeping their eyes on the road.

The editors at Up To Speed believe this technology is a positive step toward the future of vehicle and driver safety. This system keeps the screen of the device off while using Eyes Free mode to ensure that drivers aren’t distracted by the light or tempted to reach for their phone while driving. As reliance on these devices continues to grow, automotive companies will continue to find new ways to keep the driver’s focus on the road ahead and ensure the safety of every passenger. Continue reading