LaneFX is not like blind spot mirrors. It's only a mobile electronics system that moves your power mirrors in lane changes and merges.

HOME: TOP: There's more than one way to benefit from a blind spot mirror or detection technology. But with LaneFX and ParkFX, drivers are using the most advanced safety technology of 2006 to make their daily commutes safer and more stress-free. See and vote on the top 10 ways drivers prefer to use LaneFX over anything else.

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How To Avoid Car Gadgets & Choose the Right Park Assist Technology for Your Driving Safety

Aftermarket companies offer three types of backup systems: rear-view cameras, sensor systems, and mirror tilt-down. Use Types to decide which type best suits your needs. For all camera and sensor systems, we recommend professional installation.

No matter what type of system you choose, consider these things when deciding on a specific model:

Know how the device mounts on your vehicle.

Camera and sensor systems that are mounted on the vehicle’s bumper or bodywork may necessitate drilling. They may not be the best choice if you lease your vehicle. If you have a hitch, you can consider a model that mounts in the trailer-hitch receiver. But you would have to remove the system to use your hitch. Other camera and sensor models mount on the license-plate frame. But some states prohibit frames because they can obscure the plate.

Within types, features vary. This is especially true with the sensor models we tested. The ultrasonic systems were generally the most sensitive, but their performance was adversely affected by rain, snow, or other inclement weather.

The microwave-based sensor systems we tested were not affected by weather but are less sensitive as a group. They also don’t warn the driver unless the vehicle or object behind it is moving.

The display quality of the camera-based models is very good, although it doesn’t match that of the larger screens on some carmakers’ systems. Most of the system displays turn on when the vehicle shifts into reverse, but one, the Audiovox, must be turned off and on manually.

Track Your Buddies on the Highway With New Gadget

blind spot use with TomTom TomTom's portable car navigator systems have a new feature called TomTom Buddies. Stuff magazine reports that the new friend tracking system allows people to not only send messages back and forth but keep track of where their friends are located.

Called TomTom Buddies, the feature lets you track your mates wherever you go – and in return, they get to track you too.

All you do is invite other TomTom users -- you'll have to shun your Garmin and Navman chums - to be your authorized 'buddy'. The idea is that the Buddies service will be like an exclusive club through which you can send each other text messages and locations you think are interesting.

If you feel like being a loner for a bit you can select the privacy option which lets you hide your location. Plus, if any of your Buddies keep sending you many Points of Interest -- dodgy McDonald drive-ins, for example -- you can delete them.
It could be a very useful system for driving vacations involving more than one vehicle. Carpooling parents and corporations with fleets of vehicles might also find this type of service useful.

LaneFX is More Than Just a Car Gadget

blind spot use with TomTomMany of the latest car models include systems that alert you when a car is in your blind spot. Those of us with older autos have had rely on our own road skills -- until now. Drivaware has introduced LaneFX: When you activate your turn signal, the device moves the corresponding side-view mirror to expose your blind spot and any vehicles that may be hiding in it. Of course, if you remember your driver's training, a quick glance over your shoulder does essentially the same thing. The LaneFX is compatible with any car that has power mirrors and is available in a Basic Edition ($197), Highway Edition ($242) and Commuter Edition ($296).

More Great Gifts For Car Nuts

Car nuts are tough bunch to understand. Here's a great way to delight them this holiday season.

When they start talking about autos, technical terms such as “co-efficient of drag” and “horsepower per liter” come up. The conversation is spirited. Eyeballs roll. Girlfriends leave the room. Allegiances are hotly debated. Are you a Porsche lover, or do you prefer Ferraris? New cars or classic cars? Ford trucks or Chevy trucks?

For people who don’t care about cars or don’t understand their loved ones’ obsessions with them, picking out gifts can be a daunting task. Case in point: Executives who love cars are particularly hard to shop for, because their station demands a luxurious--but appropriate--gift. If you’re not sure what to get your car-obsessed dad, be warned: A new keychain or an Exxon Mobil (nyse: XOM - news - people ) gift certificate is not going to thrill him.

In Pictures: Great Gifts For Car Nuts

To help you please even the pickiest auto enthusiast, we have compiled a list that includes such affordable items as the 30th-anniversary edition of Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run, as well as Porsche’s new, $120,000 911 Turbo supercar.

If you’ve got the cash, you can always give an actual car as a gift. Multimillionaire entrepreneurs who bleed 93-octane blood will be lusting after the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren (not cheap at $450,000), but the Daimler Chrysler (nyse: DCX - news - people ) Maybach 62 sedan with handcrafted features such as customized leather interiors and monogramming is slightly more affordable at $390,000.

But there are plenty of just as fancy auto-related gifts that are more reasonably priced. Ferrari (nyse: FIA - news - people ) makes chronographs, BMW has a line of clothing and golf accessories and Aston Martin makes chessboards.

It’s also possible to properly indulge kids who love cars. Forget Matchbox. These days, you can buy your son or daughter an $875 toy Ferrari--an electric car that drives and has a working horn--and give the kid a head start in developing proper cornering, braking and accelerating techniques.

Make no mistake: The world of the car nut can be a world of extravagance and privilege. You may not understand your loved one’s interested in motoring, but that shouldn’t stop you from pampering him or her.

Drivaware Publishes Automakers' Scorecard on Driver Visbility and Average Blind Spot Zone Size

Automakers' average blind spot zones vary greatly. Automakers that produce larger, taller vehicles have larger blind spot zones than conventional passenger vehicles without impeded side and rearviews. All measurements do not account for the use of blind spot mirrors or blind spot detectors (like Valeo Raytheon's and Volvo's BLIS systems). Blind spot zone sizes are a combination of the side blind spot zones (as applicable in lane changes) but exclude the size of the rear blind spot zone that result when the vehicle is in reverse (backover condition).

Automaker

Average Size of Model Lane Change Blind Spot Area (avg. for all 2006 models in feet)

Automaker Average Size of Model Lane Change Blind Spot Area (avg. for all 2006 models in feet)
Acura 24.1' Jeep 31.0'
Alfa Romeo N/A Kia 18.9'
Aston Martin 29.2' Lamborghini 48.0'
Audi 32.0' Land Rover 38.2'
Bentley 29.4' Lexus 28.4'
BMW 28.6' Lincoln 22.9'
Buick 33.2' Lotus 49.8'
Cadillac 31.0' Mazda 22.0'
Chevrolet 33.9' Mercedes-Benz 29.4'
Chrysler 36.8' Mercury 28.2'
Daewoo 18.6' Mini 27.4'
DeLorean 44.1' Mitsubishi 29.6'
Dodge 36.1' Nissan 31.0'
Eagel N/A Oldsmobile N/A
Ferrari 40.6' Pontiac 32.1'
Fiat N/A Porsche 41.6'
Ford 38.1' Rolls-Royce 29.4'
Geo 16.3' Saab 26.1'
GMC 29.4' Saturn 25.5'
Honda 21.8' Scion 19.0'
Hummer 50.5' Subaru 26.7'
Hyundai 22.0' Suzuki 27.3'
Infiniti 34.1' Toyota 25.9'
Isuzu 37.5' Volkswagen 30.6'
Jaguar 28.8' Volvo 28.1'

If You're Looking for a Blind Spot Mirror for Your Car, Consider the Safer Solution.

LaneFX is not some speeding auto gadget that you'll never see again. Try it! Even with dual blind spot mirrors, you'll still have a distorted rear view LaneFX is being used by drivers everywhere: Gear heads and mobile electronics enthusiasts. Women drivers in large minivans and SUVs. Elderly / senior drivers (check out the current LaneFX discount for all AARP members, and all drivers who commute over 18,000 miles per year.

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LaneFX is proudly made in the USA using US-sourced components MADE IN U.S.A. Drivaware reminds you to always wear your seatbelt, exercise caution when merging or changing lanes, obey all traffic laws and always rely on your primary senses in making driving decisions. Drivaware and LaneFX are trademarks of Drivaware Inc. Patents Pending. Copyright © 2006-09. All rights reserved. Drivaware Inc. 1756 Plymouth Rd., Suite #500, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 USA.

0 Legend: Feature is standard on LaneFX = Basic Edition, = Highway Edition, = Commuter Edition, = New Car Edition.
1 Full refund guarantee is available only on installed LaneFX systems. If unit was never installed in a vehicle, a 20% restocking fee will be assessed.

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LaneFX

Universal Fit

Turn Signal Link

Power Mirror Speed Boost

ParkFX

LaneFX Activation Buttons

"Mirror-In-Motion" LED Indicators

Mirror Pause Override

Mirror Return Override

Fully-Configurable LaneFX Mirror Movement
Large Menu-Based LCD Screen

Mirror Return Accuracy Management Technology

Complete Automotive-Grade Hardware

Patent Pending "Intelligent Installs" Technology

Hazard-Light Protection

Instant Web Upgrades

Comprehensive Installer & Owner's Guides

30-Day Unconditional Money-Back Guarantee 1

120-Day Limited System Warranty

24-Month Extended Hardware Protection Plan