When it comes to safety, Chevrolet is a brand that’s always looking for new ways to advance its features year after year. Not surprisingly, the Traverse has a whole new host of safety features available. Keep in mind, these are only a few of the new safety features we know of currently. Based on current Chevrolet models, we can expect many more to be revealed beforehand.
Surround vision, lane keep assist (with lane departure warning), front pedestrian braking, forward collision alert, and low/high-speed forward automatic braking make up the suite of features expected on new vehicles, with respect to advanced technology.
Immediately, you’ll notice a few new features on that list that aren’t found on the current model. Lane departure warning is present, but not lane keep assist, which is a feature that will actually help keep the vehicle in your lane on the highway. Pedestrian braking works well with forward collision alert (found on the current model), by providing automatic braking if a pedestrian or other object is detected in front of the vehicle. Low/high speed automatic braking works the same way, but is designed to detect larger objects like cars.
D-Optic LED headlamps are also standard on the Premier and High Country trim, and are supposed to utilize multiple high power 1x1 LEDs paired with injection molded precise lens optics to provide strong forward lighting performance, barely impacting energy levels. In a nutshell, it provides more light (keeping you and others safer at night) while using less energy.
Teen Driver Technology was recently made standard across all 2017 Chevrolet models, and it looks like that trend will continue into 2018, given that the new Traverse will have this suite of technology. All of which is based around keeping your teenager safe on the road by promoting good driving habits, along with providing warnings for parameters or limits that you’ve set (with a pin), and holding the teenager accountable by letting you view a comprehensive report card of his or her driving. It’s a way for you to keep an eye on them even when you’re not there.
Standard on all trim levels of the new Traverse is Chevrolet’s Rear Seat Reminder feature, which provides an alert to the driver if an animal or child is in the rear seat.
It’s not just advanced safety technology that’s going to be found in abundance on the 2018 Traverse, but convenience and entertainment technology as well.
The star of the show is situated in the center stack, and that’s the available 7 and 8-inch-diagonal MyLink infotainment systems, designed to support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An available OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is also available, and will still provide speedy internet connections for up to seven devices at a time. USB charging ports will also be available for passengers in all three rows of seats (finally), as well as available wireless charging. Steering-wheel mounted controls will allow you to operate most of the touchscreen features directly from the steering wheel.
This isn’t all that the 2018 Traverse has to offer for technology, and as the release date gets closer, I’m sure we’ll see more.