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Got $1,000? Buy a Crash-Avoidance System for Your Car

Crash-avoidance systems have been reserved for newer vehicles, mostly luxury models. But now anyone with a 2000-model car or younger and willing to buy one can have the safety technology installed.Safe Drive Systems recently announced its Premier product, which uses radar to monitor the highway and let drivers know if obstructions or dangerously slowing traffic are imminent. Rona Aharonson, the CEO for the New York City-based company, says Premier can scan up to 460 feet ahead and checks the road 20 times a second. Drivers are alerted of hazards by audible warnings and a flashing light from a dashboard device, installed close to the steering wheel.The basic system costs about $1,100 to install in most vehicles, model year 2000 or later. A more expensive system, called Premier Plus, is about $1,700 and adds lane-departure technology, says Aharonson. Lane markings are scanned through a camera placed near the windshield, alerting motorists if they're veering out of their lane. Safe Drive ...

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