Rear cross-traffic alert is one of those bits of technology every car should have — especially if you’re parked in a lot surrounded by large SUVs. You can’t always see what’s coming just by looking.
This system activates when the vehicle is in reverse, using cameras and radar to detect if someone is headed toward your vehicle. Most systems have both visual and audible alerts, giving you the heads up that someone is barreling down an aisle in your direction.
While I think some tech on cars makes drivers dumb, this feature is really helpful. I’ve noticed drivers in parking lots are generally oblivious of things like stop signs (no, they aren’t optional just because they’re in a parking lot), pedestrians with grocery carts and vehicles backing out of a spot. I’ve almost been hit more than once, and this feature has saved my sheet metal. Literally.
Rear cross-traffic alert is rarely available on base trims, but more often than not I’m starting to see it on vehicles one level up from the base, and it’s usually paired with blind-spot monitoring.