Like many gadgets and devices today, a huge amount of technology goes into new cars. Whether you need it or not, technology assists you far more than ever before.
The latest vehicles are packed with radar sensors and a growing number of cameras that enable them to detect and react to changes in heat, light, sound, pressure, or a particular motion both inside and around the car, offering many new comfort and safety features.
It’s all about a more convenient, efficient, safe driving experience
Vehicle designers and manufacturers no longer see the car as simply a means of getting people from A to B. It’s about providing a more meaningful experience by facilitating modern life and consumer expectations to offer convenience, efficiency and of course safety.
Some new models offer wireless inductive charging stations for our indispensable smartphones, and intelligent seats with enhanced electric lumbar support systems that remember your exact body shape. This doubles up as a safety feature, so that the seat belt tension automatically adjusts to the individual.
Voice recognition options let you interact with the different software packages hands free, by simply asking your virtual personal assistant for directions to that new Japanese restaurant, or your next appointment.
But really, it’s about driving safely
Vehicles are becoming increasingly complex with each new model. Behind the technology are standards, which ensure the interoperability of the software and hardware components they contain, at the same time as safety and reliability aspects.
All angles covered
In some new vehicles, literally all angles are covered thanks to 360 degree cameras, including four wide-angle ones, which see the entire area immediately around the vehicle. It is going to be very difficult to mess up your parking when you can choose a camera at the front, behind, to the sides and for all corners; there’s even a bird’s eye view!
When an object (cyclist or vehicle) is detected in the blind spot, a light on the side mirror automatically lights up so that the driver is aware.
IEC has developed the Technical Specification used by car manufacturers which enables drivers to see all around their vehicles. Find out more
Here are some of the other driver assistance systems:
- Adaptive cruise control, for maintaining a safe pre-set distance to the vehicle ahead by automatically accelerating and braking.
- Active lane assist uses a camera to detect lane lines and the track that the car is following between them, to help the driver maintain lane discipline
- Pre-sense 360˚ safety system which detects collision hazards all around the car and initiates certain preventive measures including full brake use to seat adjustments and pre-tensioning of seat belts.
- A dream for many… park assist uses ultrasonic sensors located in the front and rear bumpers and on the sides, to automatically guide the car into parallel or perpendicular parking spaces.