New car technology – gadgets and stuff!

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You have to admit that, even if you don’t know much about cars or you simply don’t care about cars, you still get excited about all the gadgets and new technology automobiles (will) offer.

When I met my hubby, he was a lot more into cars than me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved driving one, but didn’t really much know about vehicle features. Well, a few years down the road I can honestly say that I am a car gal, which is why I want to share with you all the cool gadgets and technologies the automakers are coming up with nowadays.

In general, for most adults, cars are like toys, and just like when you were little, the more you have to play with the better.

Some of the new technologies on the table are weird; others are a bit too much too handle and then there is those that are frankly a bit scary. But we looked the monster in the eye and we wrapped up a list for you to check out:

  1. Smart/Personalized In-Car Marketing – like we don’t get enough as it is. According to Forbes, by 2020 the average car will be fully connected to the internet, which means that all of your emails, ads on social media, recommendations and the like will not only be based on your search interests, but also on your location, type of vehicle, interests based on the places you go and/or going to, etc.

Personally, I’m not too thrilled about this one. What do you say?

  1. Driver Override Systems – we’ve already talked about self-driving autonomous vehicles, but this technology, even though similar, is quite different. Imagine that you are pressing the gas, but there is a person crossing the street that you didn’t notice, that’s when this technology kicks in and hits the break for you. The sensors in the car allow it to react faster than you can and to take charge if necessary.

Pretty cool, isn’t it?

  1. Biometric Vehicle Access – according to Forbes, this one is right around the corner, following the cell phone technology of using your fingerprint as a security measure, well you’ll be doing the same to unlock and start your car. Another possible but less likely option would be a retina scanner. When the time comes, and if I have a choice I would probably go for the fingerprint.
  1. V2E – a.k.a. Vehicle to Environment, technically it is not exactly a new technology because it’s been on the market for a while now, you might have heard of it as an Adaptive Cruise Control. In essence, the car has a bunch of sensors, responsible for scanning the environment and adjusting the driving with respect to the results. However, it is raving up with some improvements, so we thought it belonged here.
  1. V2V – a.k.a. Vehicle to Vehicle, ok that’s pretty cool. Your car has an antenna that communicates with the antennas of other cars and synchronizes your driving with theirs. Should there be an obstacle that causes you not to see the car on the other side, this technology takes over and presses the brakes for you. It also synchronizes your speed with the speed of the cars around you, so that on a stop sign all you have to do is slow down rather than stop.
  1. V2I – a.k.a. Vehicle to Infrastructure – the idea here is to have sensors not only on cars, but on buildings, polls, sidewalks, you name it. It will be communicating with the cars with the ultimate goal of transmitting traffic signal data that will help with (among other things) congestion and intersection management.
  1. Gesture Control – in addition to the touch control screens, Volkswagen is changing the way we interact with our car. It allows you to use gestures in order to zoom-in and out in maps, control the volume and navigate around the screen by showing you a projection of your hand and what it is doing, so that you know whether your gestures would be perceived in the right way.
  1. Smart Driver Assessment Program (SDAP) – the internet in the car, as we mentioned above, can be used for many other things in addition to personal browsing, navigation and marketing campaigns. For instance, the SDAP uses the 4G to track and assess how you drive, they send you a report with graphs and stats on your driving, as well as tips on how to improve it. With your permission or request, the information can be uploaded to an insurance company website and help you get qualified for an insurance plan.
  1. Display Radio – Car Play and Android Auto – Hyundai is offering us a very simplified display in order to keep the price down, however as soon as you connect your phone to the console, you get all of the features and functionality of your phone on the display for easier access, control and communication. Good call Hyundai ;)
  1. Augmented Reality – my personal favorite! In your windshield, while driving you get to see a head up display that aligns with the environment in front of you, giving you cues on how to drive and what to watch out for. For example, it follows the lane line and gives you an alert if you drift off from it slightly; it shows you the red light if there is an obstacle in front of you that’s preventing you from seeing it; signals for the driving behavior of others, etc.

Laser Headlights BMW and Audi, source: www.revision3.com

  1. Laser Headlights – BMW shows us how it’s done one more time with their new laser headlights technology which allows them to shift and change based on what’s in front of them. They can change shape and go around another car coming your way, so you don’t have to turn your high beams off; they can also adjust brightness, level and direction if there is a person or a deer on the side of the car, or you simply want to make a turn – they adjust before the wheel turns!Did I mention that they have an incredible reaching length of 1800 ft? This is imply a great feature I am sure most of you can’t wait for.

Just when you think they’ve figured it all out, here they come with the new stuff! It’s quite interesting to see how far we’ve come following all the old faces out there and meeting the new and so unbelievably amazing ones.

Which new car technology did you like the best and which one do you think, if any, is a liiiittle too much? Let us know in the comments. Thanks!

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Teodora Georgieva - a business and economics graduate with a curious glitch. Don't be fooled! As boring and ordinary the disciplines she studied may look, she is anything but. Born curious and creative, she always thought that there is more to life than what convention demands, which is why she started pursuing photography (in and out of her studies), food-ism and naturalism, yoga and the best of all - writing. Writing can elevate you and it can also bring you down, just like life does, which is why she enjoys it - it's real. You can follow her on her life's endeavors on her instagram profile or her flickr page.
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