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Top Car Tech at the 2014 New York International Auto Show So Far

April 23, 2014

The 2014 Nissan Rogue demanded attention at the 2014 New York International Auto Show and not only because of its good looks. The Rogue features one of the most notable technologies in the event—the Smart Rearview Mirror. While this tech is remarkable, it is not the only one worth paying attention to. Among the many vehicles displayed in the Jacob Javits Center, there are several that boast the most impressive in car technology.

One of these vehicles is the Kia Sedona. The minivan from the South Korean carmaker is equipped with attention-grabbing tech in the form of the Kia UVO infotainment system. Short for ‘Your Voice,’ the UVO brings together infotainment and telematics, and offers more than a handful of features.

Through UVO, Kia delivers driver tech at par with that usually offered by luxury brands such as Audi. These include adaptive cruise control, surround view monitor and blind spot monitoring. Other features that set the UVO apart from the pack are driver score, speed alert and curfew alert. As the names suggest, these would prove most useful—not to mention most advantageous—for teen drivers or beginners.

The Kia UVO also allows access to the likes of Pandora, iHeart Radio and Siri Eyes Free.

Hyundai, Kia’s sister company, also delivers the goods with its all-new Sonata. The redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata debuted a fresh but less ornate appearance, as well as tech it has adopted from another Hyundai model—the Genesis. The 2015 Sonata is the first Hyundai model with CarPlay, which brings the Apple experience from the iPhone to the car’s LCD screen. Users can now access music and navigation, as well as read and reply to messages through Siri.

Just like the Kia Sedona, Hyundai Sonata offers pricey car tech usually found in European rides in a more affordable package. The Sonata comes with a stop-and-go adaptive cruise control and a trunk that opens when one walks up to it. It is indeed a mass-market car that offers premium features.

Another tech car in this year’s NYC auto show is the 2015 Ford Focus. The revamped compact car from the Blue Oval comes with safety features such as a rearview camera, blind spot detection and lane-keeping assist. It also comes complete with a 4.2-inch LCD.

Another standard feature on all Focuses is MyKey, which guarantees the safety of teen drivers. MyKey technology aims to help teens always be responsible when behind the wheel. It helps control speed and volume and reminds drivers to buckle up, among others.

Then, there is the Subaru Outback, which also unveils a new design. The sleeker Outback is equipped with EyeSight, the driver assist program that comes with two cameras mounted by the rearview mirror. The dual cameras allow the driver to monitor traffic and properly respond to conditions.

EyeSight technology basically detects the problem beforehand and therefore enables the driver to react the right way to prevent trouble. It will alert the driver if there is danger of collision and apply the brakes when necessary. Lastly, EyeSight offers adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and lane departure warning.

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