Car technology has come a long way over the past 10 years and now in 2019 it is set to be better than ever. Car buyers these days tend to be more interested in what’s inside the car rather than under the hood. Car technology has primarily been associated with more luxury high end cars but these days some of the most modern technology is being included in more mainstream and family SUVs. Refused Car Finance have put together a list of their best new car technologies taking over the industry in 2019.
Wireless charging isn’t new technology but more car manufacturers are steering away from ugly USB ports and untidy cables and adapting wireless technology into their newer vehicles. Wireless charging is great for if you can never remember to carry your charging cable and its handy for friends and family as it can be used for any device! Wireless charging is features on many modern smartphones or you can buy a small adaptor to enable wireless charging for any device which connects to your car.
One of the most modern pieces of technology on our list is steering avoidance. Following in the footsteps of automated braking systems, steering avoidance has been created to bring a more autonomous feel to modern cars. Volvo and Lexus have already adopted steering avoidance which is used to automatically swerve the steering to miss objects in the road or keep your car centred in the lane.
Road scanning is currently used by Mercedes-Benz and is also refer to as ‘magic body control’. The feature uses a camera to scan the road and adjust its suspension for any bumps or holes in the road ahead. This could be great for drivers who regularly drive on different terrains or just generally want a smoother and quieter ride. Currently only available on higher end Mercedes models but hopefully 2019 will see more manufacturers adopt similar technology.
We’re still a while away from fully autonomous cars but more cars are adopting many different forms of automation and 2019 could be one of the biggest years. Big names in the driverless car industry such as Tesla and Cadillac have already created forms of ‘auto pilot’ driving, which allows the driver to take their hands off the wheel while driving.
Mercedes-Benz are dominating the new car technology this year. Another piece of technology launched primarily by Mercedes-Benz is ‘PreSafe Sound’ or often referred to as ‘pink noise’. This piece of technology has been created to protect your ears from exposure to loud noises. If your Mercedes vehicle is about to be involved in a collision, a sound with a particular frequency is played inside the car which prepares your ears for the loud noise associated with a collision and therefore protects the ear drums.
Android Auto and Apple Car Play
Smartphone connectivity has been available for a while on many high-end models but now it is more popular on many SUV models. It often comes as standard too so you don’t have to spend any additional money on it. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay enables users to connect their smartphone to their infotainment screen and use your phone through your car accessing features such as contacts, messages, music and navigation. Many manufactures are now offering wireless connectivity for Android and iPhone users this year too!
Teen Drive Technology
This is particularly new technology and Chevrolet’s Teen Drive Technology is great for anyone who has a teenager or young person learning how to drive. There are a few manufacturers who also have features for teenage drivers. Parents can set limitations on their car such as speed, radio volume control and even nightly curfews on using the radio. They also get smartphone notifications such as speed warnings and even a report card at the end of the journey.
Adaptive cruise control
You’ve heard of cruise control but now it’s all about adaptive cruise control. Now with more advanced technology, adaptive cruise control matches the speed of the car in front of you using a range of sensors at the front of the vehicle. This means you can use cruise control without worrying about constant braking if the car in front of you suddenly slows down. Highway and motorway traffic can be very unpredictable and can often be a lot of speeding up and slowing down but this is exactly what adaptive cruise control was made for.
The use of dash cams and cameras in cars has never been so popular. Usually, only showing the front and back of a vehicle with a dash cam, many manufactures have gone one further and introduced a 360° camera. This is great for both safety and manoeuvrability. Cameras can be used to improve your parking and make you more aware of your surroundings. It can also be used as evidence in some insurance cases if you are involved in a crash.
Stolen Vehicle Tracking
It has been predicated by experts that 750,000 cars will be stolen in 2019 so with this in mind there’s no surprise at the rise of anti-theft technology. Many new technologies come built in to new vehicles but anti-theft devices can also be bought separately and attached to your car. Trackers can be used to pin point the exact location of your vehicle if it is stolen and can even tell you previous tracking history, including times speed and locations.
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