Over 90% of Americans own a computerized gadget, with cell phones being the most discussed. While tech companies battle it out over which one has the coolest, most advanced cell phone, there’s another niche of the tech industry that’s revving up and taking over: vehicle technology. Automobile innovation has made great leaps and strides over the years, and there’s no sign of the advancements slowing down any time soon.
Basking in the After-Market
The innovations with car technology encompass both new and used vehicles. Gone are the days when you had to tack on all the amenities at the dealership. What’s more is that you can still deck out older models with new technology as well. The after-market provides many technological advancements, such as GPS vehicle tracking, rear-mounted radar, ambient interior lighting (if you’re into being a bit flashy) and 360-degree dash cams. It’s now even possible to update your old key-start ignition to the push-button variety. For ultra comfort, you can install heated seats and a heated steering wheel. If that’s not enough, you can add in a massage feature to your seats. If that’s not innovation, what is?
Even though the gadget add-ons for the after-market are nearly endless, there are some luxury features that are only offered already built into the newest models. Some of these features are a bit more functional than frill, like adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, or teen driving safety systems. With that said, there’s nothing wrong with a little frill from time to time! Amenities like Apple Car Play and Android Auto are very high-end, and while they might not be entirely necessary, they do serve many purposes, from enhanced navigation to climate control.
It’s 2018 (soon to be 2019) and there are all kinds of innovative vehicles and vehicle technologies; there are electric cars, cars with onboard computer systems (that even talk to you), and cars with motion sensors. There are cars with built-in mobile WiFi hotspots, apps that work with vehicles and traffic to predict the changing of traffic lights (check out EnLighten, for both Android and iOS), and cars with voice recognition. We even have a few self-driving vehicles and more on the way. Ok, so they’re not flying yet, and no one has invented a flux-capacitor for time traveling, but the technology is still pretty darn impressive, don’t you think?