- Connected Car
Enabled through an embedded SIM through conventional carriers, the connected car technology enables a wide array of features for the new cars. What’s quite fascinating though, this technology works remotely from anywhere in the globe, provided you have a cellular connection. For starters, you can remotely access all your vehicle data, such as the remaining fuel, vehicle range, driving manners and, the vehicle’s exact location. If you have an automatic, you can even start the car and cool/heat it up, well, remotely.
2- 360-degree surveillance
A rear camera and rear sensors are a thing of the past. To make things easier, manufacturers have started bidding on equipping their million-dollar machines with 360-degree cameras and sensors. Even if you’re driving out on the road, a simple tap on the live feed button enables a host of cameras to cover any blind spots if need be. The cameras and sensors – in most cases – are placed on the front grille, ORVMs, and the rear grille.
3- Apple Carplay and Android Auto
If the manufacturers’ touchscreen interface is a little bit too mainstream and unconventional for you, you can always plug in your Android/Apple smartphone through a USB cable to your car. While it has been there for a while, Apple and Google have recently updated their interfaces to bring in more functionality while making things easier to access on the road. What’s more, you can even access navigation features through Google Maps on your car’s touchscreen. With either one of these connectivity features, the infotainment screen displays your smartphone’s applications, which makes it a rather seamless experience.
4-Adaptive Cruise Control
While the conventional cruise control had been there for a while, the adaptive cruise control (ACC) takes the game a notch further. ACC, when enabled, automatically adjusts the speed of your car to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead. It works in conjuncture with a radar-based sensor or a front camera that allows the car to detect the vehicle ahead. All in all, ACC increases driver convenience by making the car autonomous to a certain level.
5-Blind Spot Monitoring
Enabled through specific optic sensors or cameras mounted on the ORVMs, Blind Spot Monitoring or BSM sends a beep or a small signal to the driver when a speeding vehicle or a pedestrian comes close to either side of the car. This certainly helps the driver to maintain a safe distance with approaching vehicles. BSM also helps in engaging a sense of safety in the head of the driver.
6-Lane Keep Assist
Enabled through the same set of sensors or radars (aforementioned), the Lane Keep Assist technology is an advancement to the Lane Departure warning system. While the lane departure warning system only detects and sends a warning to the driver in case the car starts drifting away to a different lane, the Lane Keep Assist takes the responsibility of handling the steering wheel – while giving a warning simultaneously – to keep it in the said lane. This feature is automatically disabled when the driver has engaged any of the turn indicators so that it lets you make an intentional turn.
While technological advancements are gaining some serious momentum, our smartphone batteries aren’t exactly sufficient to handle these tasks. With that in mind, manufacturers have started dropping a wireless charging pad in the cabin, that seamlessly charges your phone without having to plug it in a cable. In all fairness, this feature only works with phones that support standard wireless charging.
As cars are getting more futuristic, manufacturers have certainly cracked the code when it comes to sharing the information with the driver with digital gauges. Digital Gauges replace the conventional speedometer and tachometer in favour of a fully-digital screen that displays the essential data as per the requirement. This means, all the settings and functionality of the car – even navigation – can be accessed through the digital screen inside the instrument binnacle.
As the name suggests, the Road Scanning feature takes a scan of the road ahead to look for any imperfections or undulations – that may really upset the car and its occupants – and simultaneously adjust the vehicle’s suspension to tackle these uncertainties. While this feature has not made its way to the Indian automotive industry, it could really be a deal-breaker for our roads.
But what if you combine all the driver-centric and safety features and put it under one roof. Sounds impossible, right? Well, an American automaker begs to differ. Termed as Autopilot system, it is an advanced driver assistance system that keeps all the aforementioned systems in check to aid the driver by offering a simple hands-free experience while driving. It even has the ability to change the lanes, drive it in traffic, and leave it at a designated parking spot. While the technology is fairly new, it requires a host of sensors and radars to function properly.
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