According to one study, about 83% of adults frequently drive.
With how much time people spend driving and with how dangerous it can be, you want to make sure that you have some of the best technology possible in your car.
We may be a long way away from flying cars, but there are innovations right now that make driving awesome. Read on to know more about new car technologies.
1. Adaptive Cruise Control
Commuting and taking long road trips sucks, but sometimes it’ll suck a little bit less if you have adaptive cruise control.
This advanced driver assist system will take some of the stress out of driving. With this, you will have an array of sensors built into the car, and the car will be able to sense the speed of the cars around you and adjust accordingly.
This means that you won’t have to constantly hit the gas and brake while sitting in rough highway traffic.
Some systems will even have the car completely stop and then automatically resume. If you are constantly driving in stop-and-go-traffic, this could really change your life.
Once you use this system, you will never want to go back.
2. Connected Mobile Apps
Smartphones have really changed the way we live our lives, and now they change the way we interact with cars as well.
Most carmakers now will offer some kind of app you can download to help you remotely control your car. Some apps are better than others, however.
You should look for ones that let you remotely lock or unlock your car doors. You should also be able to check the status of other things like the tire and fuel pressure.
It may even be nice to be able to remotely start your car in the morning to warm it up or cool it down. Make sure if you ask if there is a monthly or yearly fee to be able to use these apps and services.
3. In-Car Monitoring Systems
If you find yourself constantly getting distracted behind the wheel, your car may be able to help keep you off the road.
If you’ve had a little bit too much to drink and then try to drive, your car may prevent you from driving.
In March, Volvo announced that they wanted to install in-car cameras and sensors that would monitor the driver and their behavior and let the car decide to intervene.
They said that they were installing cameras into their 2020 vehicles to start the process. However, it didn’t say where they would be or how many of them.
General Motors has already started installing in-car cameras into their Cadillacs. They have a system called the Super Cruise with cameras that will monitor the driver’s eye movement.
If the driver starts to fall asleep or tries to check their phone, the car will alert the driver to pay attention. If the person doesn’t respond, the car will stop.
4. Driver Assistance Systems
Many cars are becoming self-driving, however, this being the new normal is a long way away.
However, there are safety systems that can help assist the driver until that day comes. These systems used to only be available on luxury cars; however, they’re becoming more popular in mainstream cars.
Things like lane-keeping assistance and automatic emergency braking are becoming the norm in regular cars.
5. Stolen Vehicle Tracking Software
With cars being stolen all the time, you want to make sure that you have the best technology to prevent that from happening.
With new technology, automakers are building and integrating the ability to track a stolen vehicle and let law enforcement know where it is.
For example, this is built into BMW’s Connected Drive and GM’s OnStar.
In the event of a crash or a stolen vehicle, this service will let law enforcement be able to pinpoint exactly where the vehicle is.
With tracking technology that comes in your car, you may also be able to tell where your car is if you decide to ship it with a car transport service.
6. Bigger Touchscreens
A lot of cars come with touchscreens now, but they’re getting a lot bigger.
Tesla introduced the large touch screen in place of a lot of the physical controls.
Just like the iPhones, the screens are getting bigger, and some people have complained that this may pose a safety risk because they don’t have the same feel as the physical controls.
7. Augmented Reality
Believe it or not, augmented reality could be coming to your car eventually to help you keep your eyes on the road. This could prevent you from having to check your phone or GPS to look up directions.
Some luxury models will have the speed limit projected into your line of sight so that you can know the speed limit without having to look somewhere else. There may also be a small window of information on your windshield that you will be able to look at while keeping your eyes on the road.
A lot of technology is being focused on helping to reduce distraction while driving so that you can keep your full attention on making sure you get to your destination safely.
Enjoy These New Car Technologies
These new car technologies can really make driving so much safer and enjoyable.
If these technologies interest you, make sure you ask your car dealer if it is possible to purchase a car with these enhancements.
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