Driving aids tested

We ask a panel of readers to test the latest driving aids and in-car gadgets, then tell us which they’d pay extra for

Porsche 911

Technology with a ‘wow’ factor is now an option on even the most humble cars. Sophisticated but relatively cheap cameras and sensors allow everything from self-braking to hands-free parking. But would you pay extra for these driver aids?

We gathered a varied group of readers (below) at the Porsche Experience 
at Silverstone, Northants, to try some of the top tech on a range of cars. 
So would they take it or leave it?

Introducing our panel of readers

Aaron Smith, 23Digital printing technician from Sheldon, W MidsDrives: Vauxhall Astra

Phil Evans, 44Rail maintenance planner from Walsall, W MidsDrives: Fiat Punto Evo

Pete Alan, 44Optician from Huntington, StaffsDrives: BMW 320d

Mike Stevenson, 49Design engineer from Sutton Coldfield, W MidsDrives: Honda Civic

Sam Gale, 24Video editor from Rugby, WarwickshireDrives: Ford Fiesta ST

Peter Takacs, 39Acquisitions manager, Milton Keynes, BucksDrives: BMW 325i

Nathan Dale, 21Student from Mansfield, NottsDrives: Toyota Celica

Where we carried out our tests

Porsche set up its Experience Centre in 2008 alongside Silverstone’s Hangar Straight. It has a 3.1km sequence of tracks where buyers can try out the brand’s latest cars – a clever bit of salesmanship, as customers who’ve ordered a Porsche are shown the advantages of extras like carbon ceramic brakes. The facility also runs Porsche’s track experiences, starting from £275 for a 90-minute session.

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