New Technology in New Vehicles: What You Can Expect to See in Today’s Cars
If you’re like the average American driver, you have been driving the same vehicle for over five years, and your car is over a decade old. While your car may have plenty of miles left and it has some of the basic and necessary safety features, you may be missing out on some exciting technology.
Whether you’re a tech-savvy driver or want to be more connected while on the road, you may want to consider updating your vehicle. With the age of self-driving cars on the horizon, you’ll want to start driving a car that has some of the best tech features available.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), all new vehicles must have a backup camera by May of 2018. Not only are backup cameras convenient, but they help in preventing everything from a fender bender to a tragic accident.
In addition to standard backup cameras, many automakers are adding multiple sets of electric eyes for safety and convenience. We all know how distracted today’s drivers are and even some of the most focused aren’t always able to see everything around them.
You can expect to see more 360-degree cameras and multi-angle cameras to help guide you through the most difficult of parking spots or traffic around you. You will also find regular rearview mirrors replaced with a LED screen that displays wide-angle rearward view (without the headrests or backseat passengers blocking your view).
Up until this point, dashboards have been pretty predictable. Just the basics: vents, a radio, temperature controls and a glovebox. Dashboards in newer vehicles are becoming more like mobile computers with touch screens (kind of a larger version of your smartphone or a tablet).
While some of the most “luxury” models have bigger and better dashboards, it’s only a matter of time that all automakers will make the change to be tech-centered. Keep your backseat passengers entertained with Amazon TV while you stream calls without taking your hands off the wheel or eyes off the road.
While safety features aren’t the same as entertaining technology, they are a must in vehicles, and if automakers want to stay on top, they need to provide the most up-to-date technology. In addition to backup and 360-degree cameras, we can expect to see run-off road mitigation systems that help to keep a car on the road if the driver looks away or falls asleep behind the wheel.
Another safety technology that is likely to become mandatory sooner than later are automatic forward collision-avoidance systems. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which gives new vehicles crash-safety ratings, won’t review a car unless it has an automatic forward collision-avoidance system.
Innovative safety technology will continue to be essential in all new vehicles, especially as we get closer to filling our roads with self-driving cars. Although drivers are still ultimately responsible for every move made behind the wheel, they need any help available.