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Six in-car technologies that changed the game

Six in-car technologies that changed the game

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Let’s take a look at some of the key technology advancements which have taken place within recent years

It’s quite remarkable how quickly technology levels in cars have advanced in recent years. Not too long ago, cars were quite simple and lacked even the most basic creature comforts that we’ve come to expect today.

Today, drivers have a wide variety of systems and features to make use of. Let’s take a look at some of the key technology advancements which have taken place in recent years. 


Airbags

For some time it was widely accepted that drivers of cars were taking a risk. Fortunately, that attitude changed pretty sharply as manufacturers recognised the need for cars to be safer. 

Testing of an airbag

Airbags had a dramatic influence, protecting occupants from serious injuries caused by hitting their head on hard interior trim. Though they were developed in the 1950s, they didn’t come to Europe until 1980 when the Mercedes S-Class was offered with them as an option. However, it took until the late 90s before airbags were offered as an option on the majority of cars. 


Automatic air conditioning

Automatic air conditioning is a feature which has made a big impact on in-car comfort. It stops windscreens from steaming up and helps to keep a car far more comfortable in the heights of summer too. 

Automatic Air ConditioningIt’s why air conditioning is one of the biggest advancements in motoring and has transformed the way we drive. Newer models get automatic air-con too, with the ability to set the temperature and have the car maintain it.


Satellite navigation

Having the ability to immediately find out a route to a location can take a lot of the stress out of driving. Previously you’d have had to break out the map and plot a route slowly, checking and re-checking as you went along.

built in satellite navigation

However, the increase in popularity of satellite navigation has done away with this. First introduced in the 90s, it’s something which is still considered a luxury but is available on most new cars today. It’s an option which lots of people tend to tick. 


In-car entertainment

Cars which are able to provide drivers and passengers with some form of entertainment have always been popular, with even early vehicles bringing radios, tape players and CD players. Newer cars pack smartphone connectivity and even more connected functions too, bringing people a wealth of entertainment options. 

in-car entertainment

The latest cars bring Bluetooth connectivity too, allowing drivers to play music and podcasts through their speakers without requiring a physical connection.


Advanced cruise control

Many drivers see cruise control as a controversial subject and shun the technology because they believe that it lowers driver concentration. However, many love the systems as they say it frees up brain space so that drivers can focus on their surroundings more.

Whichever way you lean, the technology has advanced to the point where modern cars are considered almost autonomous. Combining various different systems such as radar assistance and lane-keep assist, modern cruise control can maintain a vehicle’s place in traffic without any real input from the driver apart from a hand on the wheel. It’s certainly the feature to have when travelling long distances.


Car-to-smartphone connectivity

Recent innovations have allowed better integration of their smartphones into the car’s system, allowing drivers to access apps and functions which would usually be left out of a car’s entertainment settings. 

Smartphone connectivity within a car

They’re popular with electric vehicles too, as they allow owners to check features such as level of charge and even pre-warm the car on a cold day. Other apps even allow owners to lock and unlock their cars remotely, or check the vehicle’s location.