While we may often wonder what the future will bring for our cars and what technologies will one day become a part of our driving experience, we sometimes overlook the incredible tech that’s available now. Many major vehicle manufacturers have some very impressive gadgets and features that you can enjoy today, some of which come as standard in certain models.
To give you a clearer idea of just what’s on offer, in this post you’ll find a selection of these technologies from a variety of different brands.
Land Rover are famed for their array of powerful and durable vehicles, however several also come with quite innovative ‘InControl’ systems. These connect to your smartphone or tablet device through an app and allow you to communicate and interact with your car in a number of ways. You can:
- Check your fuel levels, locate your car and check if you’ve left lights on or windows open
- Use other apps from your phone via the console inside the car
- Track your vehicle location if it gets stolen
In their new XC90 range, Volvo have introduced a new safety feature known as ‘Pilot Assist’. As you might have guessed from the name, this technology helps keep you a set time distance away from the vehicle in front. Using clever mounted cameras and distance readers on the front of the car (and also at the side to measure where road markings are) the car automatically maintains a certain speed to ensure you stay at your chosen safe distance.
Some of the new BMW range feature state-of-the-art laser headlight devices. They may look like normal headlights but the lasers used within them are claimed to improve visibility by up to 600 metres; making them much more powerful. At the same time, the lasers are more energy efficient than other LED headlights you can find.
The above is just a small selection of what’s available. With a little research you can find that the majority of manufacturers have some form of great gadgetry on offer. A final thing to bear in mind however is technologies aren’t always 100% failsafe; so as with any vehicle, comprehensive insurance and breakdown cover is something worth investing in, just to be on the safe side.