While no one likes a backseat driver, it can be a real lifesaver to have an extra set of eyes on the road. Driver-assist systems use cameras and sensors to watch out for hazards like a car in your blind spot or suddenly stopped ahead. That’s even better than having an actual human onboard, since these systems never get tired, can see better in bad weather and low light, and you can usually turn them off if they start to become annoying.
Driver-assist systems provide audible or visual (and sometimes physical) alerts if they sense a potentially dangerous situation, and some can even take action such as applying the brakes to avoid a collision or steering a car back into its lane. Others add conveniences like active cruise control to take some of the monotony and hassle out of driving.
While driver-assist systems used to be found primarily on high-end cars, they’re now available across all vehicle segments. Here are five common assists to look for when shopping for a new car: