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The chatty black Trans Am of Knight Rider became an icon of ‘80s TV. Who doesn’t love a talking car? Fast-forward a few decades, and reality is catching up. The newest technology is giving your car new ways to communicate with both you and its surroundings to help protect you on the road.

Crash Avoidance When cars talk, they talk to you when it matters—when you’re in danger. Some new cars feature front-mounted sensors that will warn of proximity to vehicles ahead, and brake when human reflexes lag. Drifting out of lane can earn another beep and automatic correction. Detectors will also watch blind spots. If a crash is unavoidable, your seat will adjust to optimize safety during impact and deploy airbags slightly earlier. That might mean the difference between life and death.

Did You Know?

1B cars are on the road today, a number likely to double by 2020.

Smart Headlights No surprise—midnight to 4 a.m. is the most dangerous time to drive. More than 40% of all fatal car accidents occur at night. Adaptive headlights come to the rescue, with beams that self-adjust according to speed, direction and elevation of the vehicle, bending around curves to view what’s ahead and reducing glare to oncoming drivers.

Interactive Windshields More and more car manufacturers are making use of windshield space. Some manufacturers will install Head Up Displays (HUD), which show speed, warnings and navigation info on the glass itself. Another system, Pioneer’s NavGate, clips on to the visor. It shows information like turn-by-turn directions, estimated time of arrival and points of interest. Mobile phones also offer this kind of guidance via apps like HUDWAY, which display info on the windshield when the phone is placed on top of the dashboard.

Allstate is in the forefront of automotive technology, too!

Our innovative Drivewise® program is built to reward smart drivers. The program collects driving behavior (hard braking, speed, time of day) and gives feedback each time a customer takes the wheel. The smarter they drive, the more rewards they can earn. Currently available in 37 states, it will be rolled out to even more this year.