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2014's Hottest New Car Innovations

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Volvo's Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake

New York, NY September 23, 2013; The AIADA newsletter reported that the annals of automotive history are filled with innovations that literally changed the way motorists and passengers interact with their vehicles.

What were once high-end novelties, like radios 9first AM and then AM/FM), seat belts, power steering, power brakes, power windows, power door locks, air conditioning, factory rustproofing, steering wheel-mounted controls, and later Bluetooth hands-free phone interfaces have all become standard equipment virtually industry wide.

Amenities like heated seats and steering wheels are becoming common among cars in most classes these days, while sophisticated accident avoidance systems like forward collision, blind spot, and lane departure warning systems have migrated from top-shelf luxury models down to proletariat midsize and compact sedans.

According to Forbes, the 2014 model year brings a fresh assortment of new comfort, convenience and safety-oriented features to consumers, with some destined to be the proverbial Next Big Thing while others will likely languish as novelties. As before, the most intriguing of these reside in the luxury segment. Some new systems are destined to find their way into mainstream models within a few years if only for their sheer convenience. Click here to learn more about the hottest new car features for 2014.