We like the latest tech gadgets and we love the latest cars, then what happens when both of them come together. A lot of excitement and a lot of anticipation right! Well, gone are the days when cars only had features like radio, air-conditioning and those cup holders.
Today having a luxury car is not just about having the best leather seats or wood finish dashboard, no it's much more than that. Now cars are enriched & even valued by the additional smart features that they have. So let us show you some of the best examples of technologies in the cars.
Full smartphone integration
We know how tough, frustrating and dangerous it is to make use of your mobile phone while driving especially when you need to make that urgent call or find the nearest restaurant. Well, Jaguar Land Rover has introduced a full smartphone integration system called justDrive. It connects to your Smartphone's apps and services and lets you control them using just your voice.
So this way you don't have to take the trouble of even touching your phone while driving, it's like you just have to wish for it and justDrive will do it for you.
You can also send text or tweet just by using natural speech and even play a specific song from your playlist.
The infotainment system is available on the 2015 Jaguar F-TYPE and all Land Rovers, but will be available on all the company's 2016 vehicles.
Audi has developed a fully digital dashboard in partnership with the computer component manufacturer NVIDIA Corp.
It's got a big 12.3 inch display and 3D graphics, so overall giving a very good viewing experience especially compared to the old school gauges that may get a little hard to read in certain lighting conditions.
Thanks to its efficient processor, the needles of the speedometer, rev counter and navigation are displayed very precise. This digital dashboard will be featured on the 2016 Audi TT.
Monitoring teen drivers
If you are a teenage girl/boy and are waiting or have just turned 18 then Hyundai is going to be your biggest enemy from now, as it has managed to develop aa app that can not only monitor your driving but also inform your parents if you try to break some rules.
The car's infotainment system allows parents to monitor and set restrictions on the car's speed, hours of operation and where it travels. If the driver exceeds a preset speed limit, the parent will instantly receive an alert via text, email and soon, a mobile app. The teenage driver will also see a notification on the vehicle's multimedia screen.
The Hyundai Blue Link Vehicle Safeguard App is currently available on the 2015 Hyundai Azera and soon will be offered on both Genesis and Sonata models equipped with navigation systems.
Hertz's new app the NeverLost Companion app that connects with its in-car NeverLost GPS navigation system, allows you to plan your trip, including the stopping points. The navigation system pairs with smartphones to make and receive calls and search for destinations.
It can also be used to find weather and flight information as well. However, Hertz charges an additional fee for use of its navigation system.
Volvo tries to make a promise that by 2020 no person should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo. The company says that it believes self-driving cars, as well as autonomous driving features can prevent crashes.
In 2017, the company's Drive Me project will feature 100 self-driving Volvos on public roads in and near the automaker's Swedish hometown of Gothenburg. Customers will use the cars in everyday driving conditions on about 31 miles of public roads.
The company's first autonomous driving feature is available in the 2015 Volvo XC90 that has an adaptive cruise control system which can automatically steer to follow the car ahead of it in a line of traffic. The system also can detect when your car is about to drive off the road's edge and steer it back on track.
Remote Vehicle Shutdown
The telematics company OnStar has already has shut down hundreds of stolen cars, helping the police solve the cases without much trouble.
It is still a relatively new product or a concept altogether and will need some time for people to get aware of it and start using it.
Night vision with pedestrian detection
Though a relatively old system but with frequent add-ons', this technology is proving to be quite helpful for the drivers at night.
The Mercedes-Benz's feature called the Night View Assist Plus, pinpoints pedestrians, highlighting them on a dashboard display. It is available in the 2010 E-Class and so on. BMW has a similar system with a pedestrian identifier that also shows the direction the pedestrian is moving. As the distance between the pedestrian and vehicle closes, a warning appears on the night vision monitor as well as the head-up display on the windshield if so equipped. BMW offers this system on the 2009 7 Series.
Automatic high-beam control
In the Lexus RX there is a system that automatically illuminates and dims the high-beam headlights in relation to approaching traffic.
Whereas the Mercedes-Benz has taken the technology one step further with its Adaptive High beam Assist. Also found in the new E-Class, it doesn't merely switch between low and high beams, but reacts by gradually increasing or lowering the light distribution based on the distance of approaching traffic. It also dims the high beams for sharp turns and then re-engages the high beams if there is no approaching traffic once the turn is completed.
ELECTRONIC SUN VISOR
Sun light can create a disturbing glare especially if you are directly driving towards the same direction as Sun. And during such times our conventional sun visors just won't do the trick, so that is why Volkswagen is trying to develop an electronic anti-glare system using an electronic matrix within the windshield that would be controlled by a computer to block the rays.
It measures the angle at which the sun is positioned & your eye level, depending on which it produces a dark spot in the windshield to the sun light.
That spot can also move across the windshield as the car changes direction. This technology is still not widely used but could prove to be very beneficial if implemented.
Run-flat tires are expensive but can prove to be life saviours during extreme conditions. What it does is that even if your tire gets punctured it won't just burst and bring you to stop. Instead a simple red light is triggered on the dashboard, and the tire's internal and external structure provides an additional 50 miles at 50 mph to get you to a gas station. Average cost for four tires is $600
You will understand the importance of a dual-stage airbag if you have ever felt the force of an airbag hitting you in the face especially after only a small fender-bender.
A forceful airbag can also have fatal results for young children. So this smart system offers a low-stage and a high-stage deployment process based on the level of impact, and it also takes the weights of the people into consideration via an in-car computer. It costs around $400.
Active cornering headlight system
Basically it means that now even your headlamps will steer with you rather than going just straight. This feature of car is very useful for hilly/winding roads, as these "smart" headlamps will take in computerized data from speed and steering angles and swivel the main beams of your headlamps towards the road ahead. It costs around $300
So which piece of technology do you think is the best and why? Let us know in the comments section.