Technology in the motor vehicle industry is advancing in leaps and bounds, with startups such as Waymo worth $175 billion, even before the launch of their biggest selling products. This company is leading the way in terms of autonomous driving, yet with warnings that it will take several years before cars can drive themselves sans the risk of accidents, we can take solace in the many tech features that are making travelling on the road more pleasurable, safer, and more dynamic. In this post we include just a few to watch out for if you are in the market for a new car.
When you’re returning to your car from the grocery or you are carrying heavy packages, the last thing you want to do is to have to unload everything onto the floor to reach for your keys. When comparing various vehicles that interest you, check whether or not they have this feature. Many models boast proximity sensors that detect your key as you approach, automatically unlocking your vehicle. The Mercedes-Benz CLS is currently fitted with a mobile key, which opens cars with the driver’s iPhone or Android phone.
Park Distance Control
If you live in a highly urban area, fitting into tight parking spaces can be a major bugbear. Every year, around 300 people are killed and 18,000 are injured by drivers backing up, usually in parking lots or driveways. Park distance control helps drivers manoeuvre into tight spaces, letting them know when any obstacle or person is in the way. It therefore removes a big amount of stress, but also ensures drivers don’t harm passers-by or motorbike drivers. Top cars such as the new BMW i8 Roadster have a Collision and Pedestrian Warning system, in addition to front and back sensors for park distance control.
Don’t think you need to aim for a high-end vehicle to enjoy a top tech experience. The Toyota C-HR, for instance, has an über cool infotainment system that boasts Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Plus Show connectivity, Bluetooth streaming and telephoning, a USB interface, and tech that allows drivers to mirror their mobile phone apps. Thus, you can access a wide array of music and navigation options while driving.
Blind Spot Detection
Check out whether or not your car of choice has the ability to detect and alert the driver if there is a car behind or beside it, to reduce the likelihood of collisions. The Kelley Blue Book recently gave the Audi Q5 its 2018 Best Auto Tech Award for a luxury brand, owing to this and other features that other companies will soon be emulating. In addition to warning the driver, the car closes its sunroof and windows and re-tenses seat belts to protect your passengers.
Autonomous Cruise Control
This technology has been around for a few years, but it should definitely be high up on your list of priorities if your job involves frequent travelling. Not only will this feature assure you don’t get a speeding fine, but it will also take the stress of traffic jams down a notch, by stopping and starting again as is required, without you having to do a thing!
We have mentioned just a few tech features to watch out for, but the list is endless. Ultimately, it is for every driver to prioritize the features they need to enjoy a knockout experience in their vehicle. However, it could be argued that safety should always come first, both for drivers and their passengers, and third parties who could be protected by sensor technology that informs drivers of their proximity.