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Consumer Reports: Safety upgrades to your car

(WMC-TV) - You can now install new-fangled car safety features like collision warning and blind-spot monitoring in your old car.

In its promotional video, the Mobileye 560 claims to equip any vehicle with multiple safety systems. Consumer Reports checked out the device; it's a small camera mounted on the windshield that monitors the road ahead and sends alerts to a small screen or even to your smart phone.

It costs $850 plus installation.

Consumer Reports found Mobileye works well. Drivers get a lane-departure warning if they go over the line without signaling or approach the vehicle in front of them too quickly.

And a test, using a life-sized dummy, found the Mobileye does alert you if you are about to hit a pedestrian when going slower than 31 miles per hour.

"It's mounted in the front, so what it's seeing is what's in front of you, which is great, but it can't help you out with blind-spot monitoring or a backup camera," said Consumer Reports expert Jim Travers.

Another aftermarket device, the $250 Goshers Blind Spot Detection System, alerts you if someone is approaching you on either side.

Consumer Reports found that both systems worked as advertised. But these systems are no substitute for using your mirrors, paying attention, and looking over your shoulder when you need to, to change lanes.

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