The car industry is moving with the times, embracing the latest technologies that enhance performance, comfort and safety on the road. Today, cutting edge technologies, most aided by the advancement in computing, are embedded in cars while on the production line, making modern day driving safer, fascinating, and entertaining. Here we focus on ten on these topnotch technologies that are part of modern cars.
1. Run-Flat Tires
Every driver’s worry is that the car tire can deflate any moment as a result of a puncture caused by piercing by a nail or screw. In such a state, the car becomes uncontrollable, and an accident is almost unavoidable. But the run-flat technology enables your car to resist deflation effects and continue to cruise at up to 90km/h for up to 320 kilometers!
2. Dual-Stage Airbags
These types of airbags are designed to reduce the number of deaths caused by the airbags as a result of higher explosions for small impacts. This technology ensures that the first explosion occurs to caution low-speed impacts, and a second explosion that pumps in more air into the airbag happens to caution impacts at higher speeds. This has reduced the number of airbag caused deaths in cars.
3. Navigation Aid
It has been found that car buyers are ready to pay more for cars that come with an inbuilt navigation system. These systems are preferred more if they carry regular traffic updates and reports relating to major cities of the world.
4. Premium Surround Sound
Buyers are ready to go a notch higher to acquire these systems in their cars to provide entertainment as they drive. This takes the living room to the car literally, and Lexus LS and Audi A8 are established in this front.
5. Cornering Headlight System
Already successfully implemented on luxury cars, this technology takes in computerized data on the speed of the car, and the steering, and swivels the light from the headlights according to the bending of the road.
6. Back-up Assist
Lexus RX300 was the first to implement this system and many others have followed suit. The technology includes a rear camera that boosts visibility when backing-up. Is it an entertainment or safety feature?
7. Blind Spot Detection
‘Smart’ driving is already here with us, and aided driving is possible with this technology that alerts you when you drive very close to the lane divider without invoking the turn signal. This improves safety.
8. Heated and Cooled Seats System
The weather can be unfriendly at times. This technology comes with air conditioning systems embedded on the seats to cool/ heat the seats as the need may be.
9. Advanced Keyless Entry System
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This technology allows the car owner to lock and unlock the doors of the car without physical usage of the keys. This feature also enables starting and stopping of the engine without using the keys.
10. Personal Assistance Safety Systems
This technology helps the driver on a raft of matters from safety issues, locating different service points, operating the emergency services, etc. This is the ultimate automation of the basic needs while driving.