In this day and age, there’s no reason your vehicle shouldn’t be as smart or smarter than the latest smartphone in your pocket. Whether it’s voice activated GPS navigation (and traffic conditions) like with Ford Sync AppLink , built-in WiFi hotspot for up to seven devices like on many new Hyundai models, or safety alerts when backing out of a parking space like Toyota has developed using cameras mounted on both sides of their vehicles. In this classic car blog post some of 11 essential car tech features are given that can keep you safe.
Voice Control Systems
These systems allow drivers to control many aspects of their vehicle via voice commands. It can be hands-free and safer than using a touchscreen or buttons while driving (and more convenient for passengers).
Cars that come equipped with these features can help prevent accidents by detecting when another vehicle is too close, steering around an obstacle in the lane, or applying brakes before there’s a collision. This includes proximity alerts like blind spot monitors and rear cross traffic warnings (among other features).
If you want to be able to answer and make phone calls without taking your hands off the wheel, Bluetooth is a must. It’s also great if there are multiple people in your car who don’t always like to listen to the same music; everyone can pair their phones with different playlists or podcasts at once!
Automated emergency braking:
This system automatically engages when it senses an imminent collision and applies the brakes for you as hard as possible, hopefully avoiding one altogether. Some systems will only engage below 25 miles per hour but others start working from much higher speeds.
Using radar technology this system watches out for cars that might hit yours from either ahead or behind and alerts you. So that you can do something about it (like start swerving).
This one detects when you’ve moved out of your lane without using the turn signal and alerts you to the mistake.
Rear cross-traffic alert:
If there’s someone coming from behind while backing up this system will detect it, alerting you. So that an accident can be avoided. Blind spot monitoring/warning: Using radar technology once again these systems watch out for cars in adjacent lanes which might have trouble seeing your vehicle. Because they’re hidden by other traffic or obstructions ahead.
As well as being able to pivot around corners just like regular headlights, adaptive ones are also equipped with sensors that help them better illuminate dark roads at night whenever necessary.
Front collision avoidance system:
This system is meant to help prevent crashes with pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists by giving you an audible warning if it senses that there’s a chance of impact.
Automatic high beams:
When no cars are around these headlights allow the driver to see much further ahead. Because they don’t need to worry about blinding other drivers.
Electronic parking brake:
This one releases automatically when you start driving so that your foot never has to touch the pedal again!
Instead of digging for keys or fumbling with keypads this system allows you access through wireless signals sent from somewhere else near enough (like inside your pocket).
Heated steering wheel:
A great luxury feature on cold mornings which makes sure even the furthest reaches of your hands stay warm and cozy.
Another great luxury feature that keeps the back seat warmer than the front. It’s nice for those who like to face backwards and will be extra appreciated by passengers on long drives!
Using radar technology this system watches out for cars that might hit yours either ahead or behind and alerts you. So that you can take action (like start swerving). This one detects when you’ve moved out of your lane without using the turn signal and alerts you to the mistake.
Instead of digging for keys or fumbling with keypads this system allows access through wireless signals sent from somewhere else (like inside your pocket).
This system is meant to help prevent crashes with pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists by giving you an audible warning if there’s a chance of impact.
With this one the parking brake releases automatically when you start driving. So that your foot never has to touch the pedal again! And it doesn’t stop there; even better: keyless entry/startup means no digging for keys or fumbling with keypads. A great luxury feature on cold mornings which makes sure even the furthest reaches of your hands stay warm and cozy. This includes proximity alerts like blind spot monitors and rear cross traffic warnings (among other features).
Install a dash cam.
Dash cams are always running in the background, so they capture everything that’s going on while you drive. In many cases, drivers have been able to prove their innocence after being pulled over by police due to footage from their car cameras recording what actually happened during an incident.
Use GPS navigation for peace of mind.
Even if your vehicle isn’t equipped with a built-in GPS system or even a smartphone mount, there are plenty of affordable third party options available today . Not only will using mapping technology help you get where you need to go without getting lost. But it can also alert emergency services should something happen en route.
Make hands-free calls.
Talking on the phone while driving is not only distracting, but it’s also illegal in many states. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to stay connected without touching your mobile device . For example, you can use Bluetooth streaming technology or even a wireless speakerphone for safe and legal calling options that will help keep both your eyes trained on the road ahead. Keep an ear out for emergency sirens.