Gallery: Top 5 car technologies

CNet has played with a lot of car technology and for the most part has tried them all. Here's a look at its top rated car technologies.

CNet has played with a lot of car technology and for the most part has tried them all. Here's a look at its top rated car technologies.

The back up camera: CNet says: After a century of using a glass mirror to try and not hit things when backing up, rear view cameras are finally becoming common on cars. Essential on SUVs and vans, but also useful on sedans, the image from a back-up camera shows you what you can't see in the mirror: your rear bumper.

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The blind spot warning: CNet says: Blind spot warning systems show a warning light on the side view mirror when a car is sitting in your blind spot. When you look at the side mirror to see if it is safe to change lanes, it is very reassuring to have that extra set of eyes that see where you can't.

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Navigation with traffic detours: CNet says: Navigation systems are great, and have become very common. But they are much, much more useful when they can tell you about bad traffic jams ahead, and suggest a detour.

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iPod and MP3 integration: CNet says: Good iPod integration lets you plug in the device, then browse your music library on the car's LCD or radio display. You should be able to select music the same way you do on your iPod: by artist, album, genre, playlist, or track.

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Bluetooth phone integration with voice command: CNet says: A few companies, Ford, Kia, and Lexus so far, not only have the Bluetooth system copy your phone's contact list, but also include voice command that lets you place a call merely by saying a name in that contact list.

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Hybrid powertrains as an honorable mention: CNet says: We give gas-electric hybrid powertrains an honorable mention here because they offer the best of both worlds: more power and better fuel economy.

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