2014 Hyundai Santa Fe: Cross-traffic alert awesomeness

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe: Cross-traffic alert awesomeness

Meaning no disrespect, but a lot of Chicago drivers suck. They're texting, talking on their phones or just plain selfish. So, when a car is backing out of a parking space in lot, these drivers either don't see the reverse lights or don't care, and then they continue to barrel through the parking area at full speed.

I was over in Ravenswood last weekend checking out the Ravenswood Event Center as a possible wedding reception venue. And while I love the perpendicular spots on Ravenswood, the drivers speeding down the street are a bit scary when you're trying to back out of a spot there.

Thus I was incredibly thankful that the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe had one of my new favorite features: Cross-traffic alert. As I was attempting to back out, radar pinged these fast-flying vehicles and alerted me so I didn't continue backing out, assuming drivers would 1) see me and 2) be polite. As if.

Because I was parked between 2 SUVs, this feature saved me from an accident. So, in addition to a rear back-up camera, this is going to be one of my new must-haves on a car for 2014.

 

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  • There was a talking heads show on Channel 20.1 Monday on Honda's plans, essentially that while they were putting stuff like this on cars, they did not believe in autonomous vehicles.

    Also, there is an explanation for the driving habits there. While Ravenswood Ave. may have the issue of being on both sides of the UP, that's the same block as "Friends of Blagojevich," Claypool's former business, and a block from Emanuel's home. In short, nobody is going to put a speed camera there. As Mell Brooks said "it's good to be King."

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