Many of the conversations in transportation today revolve around driverless cars, and for good reason–autonomous tech stands to completely transform the way travel and how we live. But it’s going to be at least a few years before they’re available to consumers. That’s not to say vehicles aren’t already undergoing some radical changes though. There are some exceptionally cool and helpful technology features available in new cars today. True, some may only be available in higher-end vehicles currently, but it likely won’t be long until they transition to vehicles for the masses.
Below are a few of our favorites we think you should keep an eye out for the next time you find yourself on the car lot:
People are afraid of things that go bump in the night–especially when it involves their car. If you’ve ever experienced that “I hope something doesn’t jump out in front of me right now” kind of anxiety, you’ll be happy to hear about night-vision for vehicles. Audi’s night vision assistant highlights pedestrians and animals using thermal imaging. BMW, Mercedes, and Cadillac also have their own form of night vision available in some models.
Blind Spot Alert
Not checking your blind spot is dangerous. Checking your blind spot going 70 miles per hour on the highway doesn’t feel all that much safe either, but it’s a necessary evil. Fortunately new blind spot detection features are making for safer merging. Mercedes-Benz has a new blind spot assist will audibly warn the driver if they try to merge with someone in their blind spot and even apply the brakes if needed.
Many automakers are adding WiFi connectivity to new models, turning cars into rolling hotspots. This is great for passengers who want to play music, watch videos, or just browse the internet without draining their battery. Or if you find yourself in a new town or city and looking for something to do, you can park your car and investigate rather than looking for WiFi.
This is a small sample of some of the coolest technology that’s come to vehicles recently. To stay on top of all the newest technology and other transportation news, follow us on Twitter.
Jake Ritzheimer, TrafficCast International, East Coast Operations