Technology has transformed the way how vehicles are designed and manufactured. It has also improved the performance of modern day cars. But all the improvements are not only limited to the car itself, drivers and passengers have their own share of benefits as well in the form of onboard gadgets. Any car enthusiast will have at least one gadget installed in his or her car. And these technologies will continue to change the auto industry and the lives of people as a whole.
Here are some examples of old and new auto gadgets and their corresponding effects to users:
- Car Stereo. Probably the oldest and still the most popular technological piece inside any car is the stereo or audio system. The most high-tech car stereos today feature wireless connections, multiple device compatibility, mobile phone capability, etc.
- GPS Navigation System. GPS is the gadget that revolutionized the way drivers navigate. Now, there’s no longer that excuse of getting lost. The latest GPS systems can let you avoid traffic and even instruct directions through voice without the need for you to glance on the screen.
- Onboard computer. The technology which still has lots of potential in the auto industry is the onboard computer. Computers help automate almost all the car functions and accessories. There are also programs and systems that are now capable of performing tests on your car’s efficiency, road worthiness, and existing problems.
- Various entertainment and compatibility gadgets. These are the gadgets designed to entertain drivers and passengers like the newest Apple Car Play.
Better Driving and Riding Experience
The foremost change that people experienced from having smarter cars is obviously better driving and riding experience. Cars are no longer mere modes of transportation. A lot of people now consider it as an extension of their comfort zone. Technological gadgets and accessories have eliminated almost all the driving problems of yesterday. No one will ever get lost driving and everything can be achieved through touch of buttons.
The ultimate goal of technological improvements on vehicles is really to improve driving safety. There are now; gadgets and car entertainment systems that won’t even remove your focus on the road, computer programs that prevent you from over-speeding, anti-sleep driving alarms, cameras that let you fully see your car’s rear and sides, sensors that detect closing-in vehicles, and BMW’s night vision technology that lets you drive safely through the night. In fact, automotive engineers are now developing cars which can drive autonomously, featuring several layers of security and safety protocols.
Cars Smarter than Drivers
If there are positive changes to drivers and passengers, smart cars will also have their own drawbacks. And these will become more prevalent in the future when almost every aspect of the car is automated. Cars are becoming smarter than drivers. So don’t be surprised when people will no longer be able to drive manual cars in the future. And although gadgets ensure entertainment, they also provide driving’s greatest risk; distraction.