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Best Car Technology

Best Car Technology

Meta Description: Car technology has undergone drastic changes, with new models featuring advanced safety, performance, efficiency, and comfort tech components. New models, from different automakers, come with various tech tools.

Advancements in car technology are encroaching the markets at an astonishing rate. Currently, it is not uncommon to see an averagely-priced saloon car having tech features that you could only have found in luxury cars with big-ticket prices. New automotive technology enhances vehicle safety, driving experience, and efficiency. The critical components to look in a vehicle are not always under the hood. Car shoppers are growing more concerned about what the automobile has to offer technologically. Does it have safety enhancement tools or smartphone integration to boost connectivity? Such technology is featured in virtually every brand and model, from sub-contract automobiles to full-sized SUVs.

In September 2019, car lovers were treated to cutting edge automotive technological tools and systems in Las Vegas. Mercedes Benz showed the world why it’s one of the most renowned vehicle manufacturers by launching the Merc F015, the company’s concept car in its “Luxury in Motion” series. This year, car enthusiasts have the chance to witness an array of newly designed vehicles from top brands expected to be showcased. On 8 June 2020, the North American International Show will be taking place in Detroit, and you can bet that the industry’s bigwigs will be ready with better and advanced driving systems. If you’re looking for the top car tech features in 2020, here are the ones to focus on.

Adaptive Cruise Control

One tech feature that you should have under your radar when purchasing a car is Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). Different automakers design different ACC systems, making this feature vary from one car model to the other. One thing that you will find in most ACCs is a kind of sensor that can monitor the speed of the car ahead to adjust the velocity of your car accordingly. Adaptive cruise control systems typically maintain a steady velocity of the vehicles. Still, in some models, it can increase or reduce the speed, depending on the distance of the car in front. In other automobiles, the ACC can bring the vehicle to a complete halt, and the driver can consequently drive off by pushing the “RESUME” button. Couple that up with lane-keeping assistance, and you have hassle-free driving experience.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Let’s face it, any vehicle’s OEM infotainment system, the all-in-one navigation screen that also includes stereo commands and climate control, barely satisfies an individual’s driving needs. A lot of the car manufacturers are now rolling out new vehicle models with a more user-friendly infotainment feature, the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The tech allows the user to connect their iPhone or Android devices to the system, transforming the UI into something that looks like your phone’s screen. Once connected, you can take advantage of your mobile apps, play your playlist, access contacts, maps, and a voice command tool that lets you communicate with the vehicle.

Navigation

Looking at the emerging in-car navigation systems of modern car models, one can admit that they have made tremendous advancements. The first concept about this technological feature came with the first GPS, introduced in the early 1990s. Not only were they inaccurate, but they were also slow in responding to various commands such as zoom in and out. OEM navigation systems may fall short of the updated smartphone navigation apps, but they at least alleviate the need to ask for directions.

New navigation systems can carry out several functions, such as searching for local points of interest, rerouting in case of an accident, and access to traffic data, among others. Some future navigation systems are projected to come with holographic windshields, smart head-up displays, and Cloud-based data storage.

Automatic Parking

Most modern 2020 car models come with assisted parking features. The technology was first introduced in the early 2000s but gained considerable ground with the launch of the Lexus LS460 in 2006. The luxurious sedan’s auto parking system comprised sonar sensors and rearview cameras that work simultaneously to make the car parallel park virtually by itself. Ever since Lexus made practical use of this tech feature, other automakers designed their cars with assisted parking tech. They include Audi, Jeep, Ford, and BMW. In 2017, the Telsa Model S and Model X took automatic parking to another level. Owners could remotely park the vehicle using their key fob. Perhaps in the future, you’ll pull up to a bank and watch the car drive itself autonomously in search of parking space. Once you’re done, you signal it to zip back and take you home.

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Car crashes in parking lots are rare. These are areas that people drive at low speeds but may end up getting involved in pricey crashes. Rearview cameras help when backing out of a parking lot, but have limited safety features. That’s where a rear cross-traffic alert comes in. This system features rear sensors that offer alerts whenever a car, trolley, or passersby get in your blind spot without you knowing. The warning may be a loud beep, but some models can automatically brake to prevent a collision.

Fast-Charging Electric Cars

Electric cars have become popular in recent years because of their eco-friendliness and cost-effectiveness. In the past, an electric car could take time to charge the battery. The need for fast charging compelled manufacturers to come up with DC charging, significantly decreased the charging time than AC charging systems. For instance, a 240V level 2AC charging system takes about three hours to charge the battery, but a DC charging system can charge 80% of the battery within half an hour.

Direct Current (DC) charging is still new to the market. The charging stations are in few numbers and relatively expensive than their AC counterparts. Furthermore, different manufacturers use three different competing standards: Tesla model’s Supercharger, CHAdeMO, and CCS. For every standard, there is a specific station. Therefore, not all-electric cars can be charged at any random station.

Lane Keeping Assist

Drivers get distracted due to various reasons, causing them to steer off their lane. A child may always be asking for your attention. Sometimes, you may take your eyes off the road because of an incident that has occurred. A lane departure system consists of side cameras or sensors that quickly detect when your vehicle veers over a marked line/ road zip. It is connected to an audio system that beeps once you get out of your lane. Advanced lane-keeping assist is designed to minimize collisions in two-lane motorways by helping nudge the car back to the right path.

360° Camera View

According to statistics, insurance claims involving low-speed crashes have been on the rise. You can avoid denting your finances by purchasing a vehicle that has a 360-degree camera view. That comes in handy, especially when you are driving a larger SUV. With this automotive technology, you get a virtual bird’s eye view of your vehicle to indicate the limits of the car. The screen can also display the sides of the garage, your position in a parking lot, and parking assistance in parallel form.

Vehicle technological systems have been becoming more and more advanced. They help in improving safety, fuel efficiency, and driving experience, and many more. With most people focusing on buying technologically-updated cars, you can easily find a reasonably priced model featuring excellent tech components.