While some technologies are standard, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, for example, are set to be standard features on vehicles produced after September 2022, there are still many life-saving technologies that are available, but only at substantial costs.
Blindspot warning and pedestrian detection are examples of items that are fairly common now but they are not required to be placed on all vehicles. Blind-spot monitoring comes standard on only three of the 15 top-selling models in the US. This means that it is up to the buyer to comparison shop and make sure that they are getting the most for their money, but also places the new car buyer in the position of having to pay extra in most cases if they want the most up to date technology to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.
The lesson here is to not assume that a new vehicle is loaded automatically with every safety feature, but to ask questions and compare to other vehicles and what they offer standard or at a fee before making your purchase.
Source material, Consumer Reports, September 2020
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