We all have fond memories of the family road trips we took as children, but so much has changed since then. And, thankfully, this is an area where change signals even better times ahead. With technological advances in the auto industry, cars have gotten smarter, and travel has gotten easier and more pleasant.
Gone are the days when you had to guess at blind spots or use your phone’s GPS navigation. Today, cars have become so advanced that they can take over many of the small jobs we once had. In this post, we’re going to explore exactly how they do that and how travel is now much easier than ever before.
1. Cruising is really cruising
Do you remember how cruise control used to work in traffic? Not at all, right? It’s a major inconvenience to have to put your foot on the pedal every time someone cuts you off or drives too slow in the lane ahead. But with smarter technology like adaptive cruise control, the car does all the work for you. Adaptive cruise control is a system that sends signals to the car when it needs to slow down, and then the car automatically slows to an appropriate speed. It really doesn’t get much easier than that. You still need to pay attention to the road, but you can relax a lot more and actually enjoy the ride.
2. Enhanced safety features
When you’re on a road trip, you can expect to drive over many types of terrain and in various road conditions. This is where smart car technology steps up to help make your drive safer and give you peace of mind. Newer safety features like electronic stability control can help take some of the burden of safety off your shoulders. Electronic stability control detects any instabilities in your vehicle and can redirect the power to help keep you from losing control.
3. Extra convenience
Now that smart cars have become so incredibly smart, we can enjoy things like the smart trunk or a fully-functional infotainment system where you can access navigation and even media through your online accounts. New smart trunks are kind of like a valet for your vehicle. Never again will you have to put your bags down to open the trunk. It may sound like a small thing, but at the moment, it’s a big convenience.
4. Auto-detection helps you relax
Things like smart wipers and headlights work without you having to give them a second thought. There will probably be times when you only noticed it was raining because your wipers activated. And when you have less to worry about, you can really start to enjoy the ride with your family. Because that’s what this is all about, right?
5. Cars can practically drive themselves
At the rate things are going, it won’t be long before all the cars on the road are driving themselves. And regardless of how that makes you feel, you might be able to enjoy some of the autonomous features that are available in the new cars of today. Today, many cars on the market can park themselves and will automatically course correct if you’ve strayed from your lane or the entire road. Features like these are not only cool, but they can save your life in the event you’re driving while distracted or happen to fall asleep behind the wheel. We should never rely entirely on semi-autonomous features, but they can and have saved many people from what would have been an inevitable accident.
New smart car technology is cool, convenient, and safer than ever. Which benefit gets you most excited?
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