Technology is continuing to develop and grow all around the world and in the automotive industry we are seeing rapid acceleration for all things technology related. Words like ‘self-driving’ and ‘autonomous,’ once a futuristic dream, are now becoming reality. Several self-driving features are already available in new cars, including adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic parking and more. Twenty seventeen will see new automotive technology constantly emerging into the latest vehicles, so the team at Sell My Car have recently named their must-have automotive technology for 2017.
“Technology in the automotive industry is developing at a rapid pace and we are very excited to see what 2017 holds,” said Alan Holgate, director of retail services at Sell My Car. “Even family cars are displaying these new features, not just the prestige and luxury vehicles.”
Sell My Car’s Must-Have Automotive Technology for 2017
Advanced Self-Driving Capabilities
Automakers like Mercedes-Benz, Tesla and Volvo are rolling out self-driving systems that can put many autonomous features together in one advanced package. These features appeal to even the most die-hard auto enthusiasts or for those who commute or do long highway driving. Tesla’s Autopilot is currently among the most advanced of these systems. However, several other automakers offer an impressive look into the future, including Volvo’s Pilot Assist system.
Originally only seen in luxury high-end sports cars, now adaptive suspension is making its way into other car models, allowing you to custom tailor the car’s suspension based on the experience you want to have. For drivers who often find they are critiquing a car’s ride, or for those who spend a lot of time on rough roads or driving tight corners, the ability to change your driving experience by pushing a button can be worth the cost.
Autonomous Safety Features
Many new vehicles now offer a range of autonomous safety features, including lane keep assist, automatic forward collision braking and adaptive cruise control. This type of technology is finding its way into affordable new compact models.
Car Care Apps
In 2017 we might just say goodbye to the little sticker on the corner of our windshields that remind you of your next car service. Now many cars deliver this information and more in an app, which makes it super easy to keep track of everything. Some automakers have an app that not only tells you when the service is due, but they can even schedule it for you.
Controlling various features in your vehicle by using gestures is the future of the automotive industry. This will replace pressing a button, touching a screen or using voice commands. Currently BMW is the only automaker to offer this feature, but expect to see this in more vehicles in the future.
Larger Screens, More Screens
Bigger screens seem to be replacing many gauges and buttons in the cockpit of new cars, operating similar to a Smartphone with touch screen technology. While some may worry about the future reliability of such screens in lieu of simple buttons, experts praise the more clean presentation and easier-to-use infotainment systems versus former complex controls or tiny buttons.
Electric drivetrain technology is now becoming more widespread and delivers not only the obvious fuel-economy benefit, but also performance benefits. Modern exotic sports cars like the Acura NSX, BMW i8, Porsche 918 Spyder and LaFerrari all feature electric drivetrains. For everyday drivers, features ranging from fully electric to plug-in gas/electric hybrids mean several options for the driving masses.
Twenty seventeen is going to be an exciting year in relation to new developments and innovation in technology. Sell My Car are excited to see what the future holds in the automotive industry.
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