Automakers are adding features such as larger viewing screens and laser sensors to human-driven cars.
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Many of the new features repurpose cameras and radar that already are in cars for automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection and other safety devices.Here are five new safety devices that are showing up in vehicles:LOOKING BACKWARDWhen a driver activates a turn signal, an 8-inch (20.32 centimeter) screen behind the steering wheel on Hyundai's new Nexo hydrogen fuel cell vehicle shows everything on that side of the car plus what's directly behind it.SEEING SIGNSMercedes' new S-Class cars have advanced navigation and global mapping and cameras that read speed limit signs. The system also recognizes upcoming construction zones, curves or roundabouts and can slow the car ahead of when a driver would.Currently Continental sells a Lidar system that spots only vehicles and can see only 10 meters forward.It's the forerunner to vehicle-to-infrastructure communications that will keep cars moving and could warn drivers that a car is about to run a red light.
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