Over the years, the automotive industry has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of new technology. Modern driving has transcended basic locomotion, and today’s cars are equipped with impressive features designed for comfort. Automotive technologies solve challenges during driving and offer assistance tuned to a driver’s daily needs. These technologies span across Driver Assistance Systems (DAS), intuitive controls, and device support. The most impressive comfort features include:
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Head-Up Display (HUD)
HUD technology for cars keeps the driver’s eyes on the road. HUD is a miniature transparent display on the windshield that projects information in real-time. Head-up display can show:
- Turn-by-turn navigations
- Speed limit signs
- Current speed
- Audio options
- Cruise control configurations
HUD systems ensure drivers can have an overview of their preferred information at a glance without looking away from the road.
Automated parking systems are made of sensors on the sides of a car to help drivers park safely, even in tight spots. The sensors calculate the best parking position for the vehicle by measuring the parking space relative to the car. There are different types of automated parking systems, with some enabling remote control parking. With such systems, you can park even after alighting.
Phone as a Key (PaaK)
PaaK is a technology that lets you use your smartphone as a car key. Phone as a key integrates with Android, IOS, and other mobile platforms with varying capabilities beyond accessing your car. Your vehicle can unlock itself if it detects your phone. Other actions include rolling up the windows, opening the trunk and closing the sunroof.
Telematics in the automotive world refers to using GPS alongside a vehicle’s on-board diagnostics to plot a vehicle’s digital blueprint. Telematics systems are usually utilized commercially in vehicle and fleet management. The cars are fitted with tracking devices communicating with other vehicles in the same network. Their movement patterns are stored and analyzed to visualize their movements to improve operational efficiency.
Adaptive LED Headlights
The lighting system of a car is essential for safe and comfortable driving. Adaptive lights light up the way during the night using software to simulate daytime conditions as much as possible. These lights adapt to real-world conditions by illuminating dark spots without any direct command from the driver. They also adjust the beam’s length accordingly to avoid blasting oncoming traffic.
Modern infotainment systems combine functional control systems and entertainment options in one general place. Gesture-enabled screens let drivers browse through many options with a hand wave. You can manage the car’s air conditioning, pop the sunroof or receive calls without any tactile buttons. This creates a seamless interactive experience, reducing the time taken to execute an action.
The Interior Cocoon
This driver monitoring system deploys artificial intelligence to analyze a driver’s face using a camera. It also includes a cabin monitoring system to monitor a passenger’s behavior and a life detection system to alert the driver if a child or pet is in the back seat of a locked vehicle. The monitoring systems can scan a driver’s face to recognize fatigue and send a warning. Other features of the interior cocoon include phone use warnings and driver identification.
Innovative technologies have made modern cars more intelligent, safer, and more comfortable. The automotive industry allocates millions of dollars to create the best driving experience.