Car Technology

If you’re driving a car that was built in the past decade, you can probably see how much car technology has changed in the recent past. But when you catch a glimpse of what has changed in the past five years, and what’s to come, things really get exciting.

New car technology makes life easier in so many ways. From navigation to advanced safety precautions, new car tech takes the work and worry out of our hands and into the car’s increasingly advanced system.

#1. Car Tech Makes Driving Safer

Things like autonomous driving and lane assist features help cut down on accidents on the road. And while this technology is making driving much safer for everyone, it also helps cut down on road time. Think about how short your commute would be if there were fewer (or no accidents). Collectively, automakers have worked to make our cars and roads safer while improving convenience for the driver.

#2. Communication is Now Easier

These days, you can easily carry out a conversation during a long drive or have your phone send an autoreply text to anyone who reaches out to you while you’re driving. With advances in hands-free communication technology, your business and social life don’t have to end when you get behind the wheel, and that’s pretty awesome.

#3. Your Car Can Give You a Hand

How many times have you had to put stuff down to open your trunk? Usually, when we need to open the trunk, it’s because we’re trying to store something that’s taking up space in our arms. Now, with smart trunks, your trunk can open for you with a simple wave of your foot. It’s such a small thing, but it’s really amazing when you think about it. It won’t change your life in a major way, but it may shave a few seconds of time in the process. And a few seconds a day or week can add up.

#4. Car Tech Can Help You Find Stuff

You don’t have to admit how much time you’ve spent looking for your keys, phone, or wallet. We all know because we’ve all been there. But there’s good news for all of us. Car technology can help. Today, there are apps that can help you keep track of your car keys, whether they’re in the car or hidden at the bottom of your purse when you’re flipping couch cushions to find them.

#5. Navigation is Incredibly Easy

For a time, many of us relied on navigation systems that needed updating, like the Garmin and others. And then it became easier to use Google or Apple Maps on our cellphones — because those things never go out of date. And now that most new cars are equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you can access navigation from your infotainment system, which cuts down on distracted driving and makes our lives easier at the same time.

#6. Diagnostic Tools Make Repair Easier

Cars today are equipped with advanced diagnostic tools that drivers can connect with to know when they need to take their car to the mechanic for maintenance or repair. Not only can this save time, but it can also save a considerable amount of time and mental energy. You don’t have to guess what’s going on with your car when it’s equipped with advanced diagnostic tools. You can look at a quick snapshot of your car’s health and make a quick decision from there.

#7. Intelligent Dashes Make Driving Effortless

An intelligent dash is something you probably never knew you wanted, but once you drive with one, you won’t want to be without it. A car that’s equipped with an intelligent dash can show you pertinent information projected on your windshield directly in your line of sight. You don’t even have to look away from the road for a second to check your speed or fuel levels.

Car technology has come such a long way in the past decade, and all accounts indicate that the industry is going to continue on its rapid growth trajectory.

It’s exciting to see what’s coming to the market within the next five years. But we can all take a moment to appreciate the technology that’s already available — because these introductions have been life-altering.