For decades people have been talking about how advanced the technology in cars is going to be, and how cars are going to be driving—and flying—themselves. Vehicles might not be at the Jetson’s point, and you’re unlikely to find floating highways just yet, but automotive companies all over the world have been incorporating some serious technology into their cars to draw more appeal. Take a look at some of the hottest, newest vehicles with safety-improving, and driver pleasing technology to heighten the experience.
You won’t find another vehicle on the market that has more safety technology than the Volvo S90. The sleek car got designed with safety and comfort in mind. Starting at $46,950, you can get animal, pedestrian, and cyclist detection. In addition, it has road edge detection, bending highlights, and a nine-inch touch screen that acts as the car’s central system. These are just a few features you can get your new Volvo equipped with.
Sierra 1500 Denali
Over the course of the last decade, pickup trucks have picked up their game. No longer seen as something you’d only find on the farm, brands of trucks are introducing more technology with each version, and the Sierra Denali is staying at the forefront. Their high-tech model has a wireless charging pad, collision warnings, and auto high beams. The installed Bose system has active noise-cancellation for comfort. Starting out at $52,000, you could even have a feature called haptic vibrations. The seat technology works to tell you when you’re leading too far left or right.
2018 BMW 5 Series
The 7 Series of the BMW came equipped with a touch screen system that was supported by Apple CarPlay, and this popular feature has carried over into the new 5 Series. While most of what’s new in the model are beneath the hood, the luxury brand has added ParkNow. With that new feature, you can park perpendicularly while using a key fob as a remote. Also, you can find Alexa support for remote commands, and a 360-degree camera that is accessible from your smartphone. From $52,000 to $82,000, you can also get features like traffic auto start and stop, and land keeping.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet
The luxury vehicle has come into its own, and the convertible is one of the best that can be found on the market, and its safety technology is unprecedented. Starting at over $132,000, you can get a system that is designed to anticipate impacts and pedestrian detection. There is also cross-traffic detection, auto breaking, night-vision, and a spectacular roll-over system that protects with roof bars. Sensors automatically trigger the roof bars.
Tesla Model S P100D
The Tesla model cars have been drawing the eye for a while, but with the Model S, things are unlike ever before. The nearly $150,000 vehicle has new autopilot hardware and software, eight video cameras, ultrasonic sensors, and forward-facing radars. On top of that, it has an NVidia central system. Its latest software limits autopilot driving to just under 50mph, and it is going to slow down the car if you don’t listen to its warnings.
2018 Ford Mustang
You don’t usually find technology built into muscle cars, but for the first time, the long-standing Ford manufacturer fits the sports car with a 12-inch LCD. The system is designed to work in coordination with your preferences and even memorizes them. The new Mustang also has a method for pedestrian detection and lane-keeping assist. Not only has Ford brought technology to the appearance of the popular car, but they’ve also brought safety tech.
2018 Honda Odyssey
Minivans take on a whole new look, and vibe, with the 2018 Honda Odyssey. The new additions to the model are going to have everyone wanting one for themselves. Honda has built the new model with a ceiling video camera that lets the front driver and passenger see what’s going on through another eight-inch touch screen on the dash. Additionally, there is a microphone and rear speakers that allows drivers to talk to the passengers in the back. To make it even cooler, there is also a smartphone app that lets passengers control their temperature, and launch a playlist.
One of the most expensive, and luxurious, cars in the world has to come with some technology built into the price. While the technology seen in the Rolls-Royce Wraith is different than many others, it’s powerful for safety. The main technical highlight is a transmission that’s satellite-assisted and uses topographic road information to adjust the car’s shifting automatically Another feature that comes with the nearly $400,000 car is the exterior temperature control. If it gets too cold, it alerts you to potential ice.
No matter the type of car you’re looking for, if you’re a tech-lover, you can find one within your budget. The great thing about it, is the majority of the features seem to be customizable and are going to work well with your preferences. In addition to driving a stylish, very modern vehicle, you’re also left with the east of knowing that there’s technological safety built into your car. Even in a sports car, your family can be safe.
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