Technology moves fast and is always introducing things that can make life easier. One of the most exciting industries for technological advancements is the automotive industry. Before you head to the dealership, take a few minutes to learn more about the latest automotive technology trends so that your next vehicle is as comfortable and productive as possible.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Artificial intelligence is working its way into every industry and the automotive industry is finding a variety of ways to put it to work. It is being used to create safer hands-free driving, emergency braking systems, and sensor technology. With the sensor technology, it can detect something near the vehicle, such as a bike or a person, and immediately alert the driver, allowing them to avoid a collision.
Certain AI braking technologies can activate in 192 milliseconds. This is far faster than any human could respond. With this technology, rear-end accidents could be almost completely eliminated, as well as numerous other accidents.
Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems
Advanced driver-assistance systems have come a long way since anti-lock brakes. One of the latest trends is the blind-spot alert. If another car gets into your blind spot, your side mirrors will alert you so that you can avoid an accident.
Another trend in this category is adaptive cruise control. With regular cruise control, your vehicle stays at a constant speed that you set it at. With the adaptive type, it is able to adjust the speed so that you do not get too close to any vehicle in front of you.
Better Mobile App Integration
Your vehicle and your cellphone are two of the most important pieces of equipment in your life. With new technology, they now will work together to ensure that you always know what is happening with your vehicle. The manufacturers utilizing this technology have apps that let you see when your vehicle needs maintenance, how much range it has left (EV) and your fuel level. Some also make it possible to unlock and lock your car using your phone.
Superior Safety Systems
Some vehicles will be able to automatically switch to autonomous driving in an emergency. With this technology, if the driver’s physical condition changes the vehicle can detect it. The car will take over, get itself to a safe place and stop the vehicle. It will also make an emergency call so that first responders can quickly locate the vehicle and provide assistance. Mazda is one of the biggest manufacturers to work on implementing this safety feature.
Tech for Teen Drivers
Letting your teen hit the open road for the first time is terrifying, but some manufacturers are making it a little less scary. Some have features that allow you to program the fob. You can program a max volume control for the radio, low fuel warnings, and max speed.
These technology trends are sure to make your next vehicle even better. Consider the ones that will be the most useful for you and check out the manufacturers that are offering them in their newest vehicles.