Getting behind the wheel of a 2-ton piece of machinery requires a vast amount of responsibility. Unfortunately, accidents happen every day, many of which are avoidable if today’s drivers paid a bit more attention to the road and not their smartphone or radio. So wouldn’t it be great if you could have a copilot monitoring your driving behavior and provide you with a heads up to would be obstacles? Well, now you can. It’s called the Mobileye 5-Series.
The Mobileye 5-Series is similar to some of the systems found in today’s luxury vehicles, though this one can be outfitted in any car as an aftermarket part. It is composed of a camera and heads up display. Inside the camera is a microprocessor that actively watches the road as you drive and warns of you of any impending dangers, such as a bicyclist in the road or a stopped car in the middle of a freeway. They say it’s capable of alerting a driver 2.7 second before a crash, which might just be enough time to avoid one. The system can also be programmed to teach you to keep a safe driving distance from vehicles in front, warn you of a dangerous lane change, lower and raise your vehicle’s high beams, and read speed limit and traffic signs to help you reduce the likelihood that you’ll get into an accident or receive a ticket for speeding.
We’re not sure how the system wires into your car for controlling the vehicle’s high beams, but it will also connect to your smartphone (Android or iOS) via Bluetooth and provide the same information displayed on the included heads up display.
The Mobileye 5-Series is available now in two models, the Mobileye 560 and Mobileye 550. The Mobileye 550 has a list price in the USA of $749 and the 560 model is listed at $849 USD.