Safety features like rear-view cameras and parking sensors are a huge help for drivers, taking this technology a step further to help in those in those tricky situations – the new Holden Captiva is available with rear cross-traffic alert.
Radar sensors are located here in the rear corners of the vehicle scan for approaching traffic to the left and right.
The radar sensors don’t scan directly behind the vehicle – there’s effectively a blind spot here, but your rear view camera takes care of that.
If you’re backing out of a narrow driveway in between big buildings, or parked between two large vehicles this is brilliant.
We’ve set up a demo – in a safe, blocked off car park.
When you pop the car into reverse, as well as activating the rear view camera and parking sensors, it will also activate rear cross-traffic alert.
We’ve all been here, I can’t see around the back of that car and have no idea if anything is coming. Usually what would you do… slowly edge out, crane your neck and hope for the best?
Not this time.
If anything is detected there’s an icon in the screen with an arrow pointing to the direction – and you’ll hear three beeps – there it is.
Phew, that could have ended badly. Rear cross-traffic alert is a handy feature to have.