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4 technological features you need in your next car

With the automotive industry constantly evolving, we are starting to see new technological advancements that play a role in enhancing safety and comfort. When choosing your next vehicle, it’s important to consider what technological features you would prefer to be able to make an informed decision.

While it’s tough to pinpoint a single must-have feature for a car since everyone has different requirements, there are certain elements that most would deem beneficial. From Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems to infotainment and proximity car keys, we take a look at some of the top features to look for in your next car.

Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS)

Approximately 33% of new cars sold have ADAS features and this is predicted to reach 50% by 2030. These highly useful systems comprise technology that can improve safety when out on the road. A comprehensive suite of Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems will typically include lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and parking assistance.

Since most road crashes occur as a result of human error, finding ways to adapt and improve road safety is paramount. When choosing your vehicle, this type of technology isn’t something you should skimp on.

Infotainment and connectivity

For many drivers, particularly in this day and age, smartphone connectivity is just as important as the car itself. Fortunately, most modern vehicles are fitted with an infotainment system that supports Bluetooth, bringing the interface you’re so familiar with to the screen of your car.

As an example, the Hyundai Tucson is fitted with a 10.25” digital cluster screen that is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto via the Bluelink Connected Car Service. This means you’re able to take full control of your entertainment when on the road, without needing any wires.

Proximity keys and remote start

Perhaps one of the most efficient features from the last decade or so, a proximity key enables you to lock and unlock your car without physically using the key. Long gone are the days of rifling through your bag or jacket pocket to retrieve your keys – simply grab the handle or mounted button with the fob on your person.

Additionally, remote start allows you to turn your car on from a distance. Before you even get into your car, you can control the temperature so that it’s comfortable for when you’re ready to drive. This is particularly beneficial on those days when the weather is extremely hot or cold.

Vehicle-to-vehicle communication

Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication involves the talking of cars to other vehicles and surrounding infrastructure, like traffic lights. While this sounds slightly strange, it’s actually highly beneficial for safety and convenience.

Essentially, V2V and V2I let us know real-time information relating to climate conditions, traffic delays, and accidents. Overall, it can reduce the risk of congestion and dangerous driving behaviour and can lead to more accurate ETAs.

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