AAA's Favorite Auto Innovations

April 16, 2009


America's favorite auto club, AAA, has published its list of top vehicle innovations for 2009. Most have to do with safety (naturally), but some are purely about style, comfort, and efficiency.

Our one quibble is that AAA calls this a top-ten list, but fails to assign numbers to the items or to present them in any order--alphabetical or otherwise. Being the sort of folks who love to assume, we're going to guess that the first item is the most important, which would mean that teen safety hits the top of AAA's concerns, since Ford's new MyKey technology has the first rung. If you've been paying attention, you know that MyKey lets parents limit the speed at which their kids can drive, keep volume on the car stereo to a low roar, and force other bells and whistles to go off when teens misbehave behind the wheel.

Also popular this year: warning systems.  Ranking high on the AAA list are automated alerts that let you know when there's a vehicle in your car's blind spot, when you've drifted out of your lane, and when you've drifted off to sleep, which are all very useful things. Rounding out the list--in no particular order--are solar roof panels, automated air recirculation, collision preparation systems, stability controls, green driving tools, and dashboard "split-screens".

Not on the AAA list? The one-of-a-kind Sat Nag system. Next year, people, next year.

[source: AAA]

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