Software development is influencing all technology. If you have ignored the car market for a couple of years now, be ready to be surprised. Whether you want to buy a car or not this piece shows you some useful features in new vehicles in the upcoming year.
1. Self-driving features for safety and ease
Safety and comfort is on the rise with more and more manufacturers incorporating self-driving features. Commuters can relax with adaptive cruise control. This new feature sets vehicle speeds to tag at a safe distance from the vehicle in front. Commuters can greatly reduce their accelerate-and-brake footwork.
ExtremeTech’s best car of 2018, the 2018 Honda Accord has adaptive cruise control along with lane-keep assist with road departure mitigation, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking and traffic sign recognition. Except for the base model, all others come with blind spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert, too.
Nissan’s ProPilot Assist exhibits the best affordable self-driving technology. Push a button for adaptive cruise control and lane centering assistance.
2. Convenient mobile apps
Smartphone apps are implementing remote sensing with a new dimension. Your phone doubles as a remote to your car in the digital ecosystem. Lock or unlock doors, start the car to warm it up on a frosty morning by smartphone apps. Automakers are looking for apps of their own to allow owners to interact with their vehicle in novel ways.
Volvo models after 2015 offer services like filling a tank or car wash. BMW incorporates technology from Parkmobile. Drivers can reserve and pay for parking in 250 cities of the United States and Canada.
3. Better connectivity, fewer Bluetooth blues
If you are big on entertainment consoles, 2018 Accord Near Field Communication technology will not let you down. Drivers can tap their Android phone on an ‘N’ logo on dashboard to hook up their phone.
This introduction comes after Forbes’ recent new-car satisfaction surveys complained about problems pairing mobile phones with vehicle infotainment systems.
4. Easier parking with 360-degree cameras
Rear view cameras have been around for a long time. The next generation vehicles boast of coming with 360-degree options. Goodbye parking woes! Park with a lot more expertise in a lot, garage or the street. The more expensive and feature dense your car the more you worry about dents. The 360 options allow you to have an all-around aerial view at all times. It keeps you in control of your vehicle from any dent prone situation.
From economy vehicles to larger SUVs, all vehicles offer these systems.
5. Hard-to-beat Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
According to KBB, car buyers now have an excellent option to the in-car infotainment systems. Choose a car supporting Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Make your travels easier and comfortable by connecting your smartphone. Access maps and music in the more familiar and simpler ways you are accustomed to doing on your phone.
Work out what all that you want to afford on your next potential car purchase with our online tools. Give our auto finance calculators a tumble to see what works out for you.