Car Tech: Safety gadgets from Canadian Tire..Great for Father’s Day
Modern automobiles especially minivans and SUVs have surprising blind spots in the rear. In a survey commissioned by Canadian Tire 34 percent of drivers said they avoided backing into parking spots over fears of hitting someone.
The orange traffic cones show the size of the blind spot behind this popular SUV..most people would be shocked to see how big it is and how easily a child behind the car could go unseen.
Technology exists to plug those blind spots but up until now were generally high cost options on top of the line models of cars. Canadian Tire has just launched three add-on gadgets that can make your drive a lot safer.
First is the YadaYD-V43 rearview mirror backup camera with speakerphone which addresses two big safety issues..first that blindspot in the rear..a small camera near the license plate connected to a 2.4″ screen in the rearview mirror gives you eyes in the back of your head.
The Bluetooth hands free system incorporated into the mirrror addresses another big safety issue..the distraction of using a hand held phone while driving.
The mirror paired easily with my HTC Desire smartphone and worked well…the speaker quality is a little tinnier than some I have tested but works well in any case. The YD-V43 sells for $249.99. If you don’t need the Bluetooth, there is a dash mounted back-up camera system for $149.99. Both plus $99.99 installation. In my opinion they are worthwhile investments that could save a life.
Also available is a Yada Back-Up sensor system that installs on the rear bumber and will alert you with a series of beeps to warn you of obstacles are in your blind spot..the closer the object the faster it beeps. It sells for $99.99 and the installation is simple enough to do it yourself…I have similar technology on my own car and find it invaluable.
How often have you almost changed lanes into a car coming up in your blind spot..The final gadget in the lineup is a Blind Spot Assist System. Installed in your bumper this gadget gives you a Visual heads up display and audio alarm to warn you of objects in the blind spots on both sides of your car. It sells for $149.95.
Any one of these gadgets would make a great Father’s Day gift and for the month of June Canadian Tire is offering installation for $59.99 in Quebec and $69.99 in Ontario.