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7 Tech Innovations to Enhance Your Ride
When we think of technology and vehicles, we often think of the large touch screen control panels such as those in the Tesla vehicles. Yes, those are very techy, but technology isn’t all glitz and glamour. Some of the technology in our vehicles is completely behind the scenes. Some tech is a convenience, some is a safety enhancer, and in a perfect world it all works together seamlessly to make your ride more comfortable, safer, and more enjoyable.
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we have put our heads together and come up with the top 7 innovations that we feel have greatly enhanced the auto industry over the last decade or two. Much of it means that even if you are in a wreck, you are kept much safer than you would have been in an older vehicle.
It’s the little things that make the driving experience that much better. Welcome lighting is one of those. As you press the unlock button, your vehicle lights up to welcome you. Lights underneath guide your feet to the door, and the interior lighting that is strategically placed (instead of the old single bulb in the middle that hardly does anything) helps you see around inside the car until it starts.
Lane and Brake Assist
A lot of technology goes to saving lives in the event of a wreck (crumple zones, airbags, seat belts, etc.) Items like lane assist, brake assist, and adaptive cruise control have integrated technology so that those wrecks don’t happen in the first place. When your vehicle can see the issues before you do, you can have a safer drive.
Parking assist has been around for a little while now, but the technology keeps getting better and better. Did you see the Super Bowl Commercial with the new Hyundai? You can now park your vehicle in a tight spot without even being in the vehicle. It can also pull out of that spot for you. It’s a great way to prevent unwanted scratches and dings.
Here’s one that should be in every new vehicle out there, especially as control panels get more and more complicated. Instead of fiddling with dials and buttons, we should be able to tell our vehicle what we need. Our phones can do it, so why can’t the car? Rather than scan for your favorite radio station, simply say, “Vehicle, play classic rock music.” And instead of typing addresses into the GPS, simply state, “Vehicle, direct me to Big Sky Collision Center.” It’s getting there; but it should be there already.
We have had keyless entry for decades now. And for more than 10 years some vehicles have been equipped with push button start. But it’s going to get a whole lot better than that. Vehicles will be integrated with sensors that can detect hear beat (a biometric pattern far more unique than your fingerprint). Simply touch the handle, and you can get in and drive away. Need to loan your vehicle to friend or family? Add them to the list of approved drivers.
Cameras and Sensors
It’s hard to see behind you. Fortunately, almost every new vehicle comes with at least backup sensors. And soon, every new vehicle will come with backup cameras (even the base models from some manufacturers are coming equipped already). What’s even more, is vehicles like the Tesla come equipped with 8 cameras that can see in all directions around the vehicle to a distance of 250 meters (about 800 feet away). Having recorded video is essential these days to win an insurance battle.
Vehicle to Vehicle Communication
As more and more vehicles become more and more advanced, they will start to be able to talk to each other. What’s that mean? If a vehicle ahead of you brakes suddenly, you don’t have to wait to see it, and you don’t have to wait for sensors. Instead the vehicle can take evasive action for you, long before you know what is happening. Integrated traffic alerts, road hazards, and more will all become normal when vehicles communicate with each other.
Big Sky Collision Center will Always Fix Vehicles
Despite the advancements, there will always be wrecks. Even when the new technology is out, it will take decades to replace all of the vehicles on the road. And no matter how integrated and smart the vehicles become, hail will still put dents in panels.
When it comes time to fix your vehicle, give Big Sky Collision Center a call. Because when you need auto body repairs, come to the best auto body repair shop in Montana.