Gadgets: Cars: 2005: Novel Gadgets for Solving Road Woes

PROBLEM: ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL

Distracted or drowsy drivers cause 1.5 million accidents a year, according to the Federal Government.

SOLUTION: WARNING SYSTEM

It can't hurt to have a second pair of eyes. Volvo plans to introduce a blind-spot warning system, which sees where you can't, for most of its 2006 models, out next year. A digital camera under the driver's side-view mirror watches for oncoming vehicles and triggers a flashing light as a vehicle approaches. For lane drifters (you know who you are), Infiniti is debuting a lane-departure warning system in its 2005 FX SUVs and 2006 M sedans. A...