Popular Mechanics has awarded General Motors one of its Breakthrough Awards for 2012
According to the magazine, the largest U.S.-based automaker’s Crash-Avoidance System could one day be used to help autonomous vehicles “see” what’s ahead of them. For now, it simply detects shapes and their positions relative to the car, warning the user of possible collisions and lane departures.
The magazine said the technology was “quietly” rolled out on the 2012 GMC Terrain SUV and uses a single camera mounted behind the rearview mirror to scan a 37-degree field ahead of the vehicle, watching the road ahead much the same way humans do. The magazine called the technology affordable– GM says at retail, it is a $295 option on the Terrain, which has a starting MSRP of $25,835.