Cool Car Technology To Look For This Fall

Car DashboardThere was a time, not too long ago, when anti-lock brakes and keyless car entry were the height of automotive technology. Oh, how things have changed. Today’s cars are jam-packed with so much tech, they make some fighter jets blush. If you’re shopping around for a new or used car, here are some options you might want to consider having in your next vehicle.

Active Cruise Control

The cruise control of yore was good for giving your foot a rest, but not much else. Active systems, though, can almost do the driving for you. They use radar to map the road ahead and then increase your vehicle’s speed or tap your brakes to match the speed of traffic. All you have to do is keep your car moving in a straight line.

Lane Assist

This piece of tech uses cameras to track road markings, and if it senses you straying from your lane, it will gently guide you back onto the straight and narrow. That’s a handy bit of help considering that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s research indicates an estimated 37 percent of all road fatalities happen when drivers wander off the asphalt.

Adaptive High Beams

High beams are a blessing and a curse. They’re great for lighting up dark roads, but the whole blinding-everyone-else-within-a-quarter-mile thing? Not so good. Enter adaptive lighting systems. They use a small camera to monitor traffic and then dial back the intensity of your high beams when other cars are around.

Eco-Friendly Tires

You may not know it, but a surprising amount of technology goes into the humble tire. That’s especially true for the eco-friendly variants. These tires are specially designed to reduce friction with the road, meaning you need less fuel to keep your car going. Some are also being made from novel combinations of plant fibers and recycled material, cutting back on the estimated 15 to 38 liters of petroleum* that goes into the average tire.

The Electric Car

Make no mistake: electric vehicles are here to stay. More than 120,000 were reportedly sold in the U.S. last year and nearly every major manufacturer has at least one in their 2016 lineup. Those sales numbers are still a drop in America’s car-buying bucket, but after some fits and starts, and thanks to some new advances, electric finally looks like the way of the future.

Home Shopping

Thanks to the GEICO Car Buying Service (Powered by TrueCar), you can start researching your next new or used car without leaving the comfort of your home. Aside from comparing car prices and specs, you can even lock in Dealer Guaranteed Savings without having to haggle with a salesperson. How’s that for hassle-free shopping?

*Source: scientificamerican.com

Gadgets and high-tech systems are cool, but driving is a skill that needs to be honed. Taking a defensive driving course could earn you a discount on your car insurance.

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  2. Ulla Hierta says

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  3. Ham Morris says

    All of the new technology is really cool, but when will the day come when vehicles cannot be stolen. Thousands of vehicles are stolen everyday. It sure would be nice if I could easily disable my battery every time I park my vehicle. Also why do we allow vehicles to go so blooming fast which in turn causes accidents and deaths? Maybe one day auto manufacturers will think outside the box and stop focusing so much on what’s in the box.

    • Noelle says

      Please!!, don’t tempt me I would love to have a new car. If my house didn’t need
      so much attention. I guess I’ll get one when I have to.

    • Kaye says

      You really don’t want to be able to disable your battery every time you park the car.. for one thing, your odometer and clock will need resetting and who knows what else! It’s bad enough that on GM cars, your anti-theft system can leave you stranded without warning. It’s a great idea, but not when your ignition thinks you are trying to steal your own car! Happened to me twice already.

  4. Anthony says

    I am just a plain Old ordinary guy. Not a rocket seintenc.
    Just make it possible so we all can have a battery operated car.
    Ozon Layer Ice Caps
    We need I need someone somebody to here about us man.

  5. Terry Thorson says

    Where is the “cool technology” when it comes to accessible vehicles for handicapped drivers? Everything is after-market and IMO generally clunky and ugly. If Active Cruise Control can be built into the car, so should hand-operated acceleration and braking.

  6. Stan J says

    OK, so the bottom line is: get electric car with adaptive cruise control, lane assist, adaptive lights and eco-tires. 🙂
    And, perhaps one day, your car will be upgraded over-the-air with self driving capability. How cool is that!