Technology is changing all the time, and it can be hard to keep up with all the new innovations appearing on a regular basis. Our smartphones are getting smaller while our televisions are getting bigger. The same is true in the motoring world where new technological advances are being created all the time. Modern drivers have become reliant on features such as power steering, cruise control and airbags. We take these things for granted, but there was a time when these things didn’t exist. Eventually, these latest technologies will become commonplace, and as with our smartphones, we will wonder how we ever managed without them.
Below is a handy guide to some of the latest innovations available now or in the near future. Many of these will only be available in high-end cars so you may have to save your up your hard earned money before you can afford them. If you just can’t wait, there are a range of finance services available, including a company such as ApproveNow for those with a bad credit score.
The future is upon us and exciting times are ahead.
Driver Assist SystemsThere are all kinds of new features being added to cars, including internet capability and improved audio, but safety will always be paramount. Driver assist systems use cameras and sensors to warn you of any incoming dangers, such as a car entering your blind spot, an oncoming cyclist or guiding you on your speed if there is car ahead. The system will give you a visual or audible warning when it senses danger and will even apply the brakes for you to prevent collision with another road user.
For many of us, parallel parking is something to be approached with dread. One handy feature fitted in modern cars is automated parking which takes away driver responsibility and enters a narrow, confined parking space for you. You need only sit back and let the car do the work.
NavigationGone are the days when you need to pull your car over to read a map or listen to your friend or partner give you bad directions. Most of us have a sat-nav these days, and they are a useful tool, no matter what your sense of direction. In a lot of newer cars, you no longer need to attach one to your car as they can be built in as part of the dashboard. One of the best is Audi’s MMI (multimedia interface) system which has a range of features, including a comprehensive satellite navigation built into its virtual cockpit. With features including 3D graphics, real-time traffic updates, Google Earth functionality, and voice control, you need never get lost again.Vehicle accessno matter what your sense of direction. In a lot of newer cars, you no longer need to attach one to your car as they can be built in as part of the dashboard. One of the best is Audi’s MMI (multimedia interface) system which has a range of features, including a comprehensive satellite navigation built into its virtual cockpit. With features including 3D graphics, real-time traffic updates, Google Earth functionality, and voice control, you need never get lost again.
Anybody who has ever experienced illness while driving will know how scary it can be. Not only do you need to look after yourself, but you need to maneuver your car to a safe spot to protect other road users too. New technology is being invented to alert you to possible health problems, including blood pressure reading and heart monitoring.
Ford has been a leading pioneer in this life-saving technology, and it will soon become mainstream. They have introduced ECG monitors into the car seats which will be able to detect the driver’s heart rate and possible risk of a heart attack. Cadillac are introducing vibrating seats into their vehicles which will warn an unwell or sleepy driver if he is drifting out of the lane.
It is now even possible to take the stress out of driving with the Active Wellness Seat, from developer Faurecia. It allows air to flow through the seat’s ventilation system, giving the driver an energizing massage, reducing stress and ensuring a more comfortable journey.