When you get behind the wheel of your car, you might not think much about the technology within your pride and joy. You just turn the ignition on, put your car into first gear (or “Drive” if you’ve got an automatic) and go!
There is so much technology that we use in our cars each day; we would now be quite lost without them! But what gadgetry and technology are we hooked on the most and why? I decided to do a bit of research and find out. Here’s what I’ve learnt so far.
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DAB Digital Radio
Most people listen to FM radio transmissions in their cars. They keep us up-to-date with the latest news and sports information. They also keep our road rage at bay by playing music that we like listening to.
The downside to FM radio is that you will often hear interference when you go out of range. But thanks to the wonderful world of digital radio, those problems are now a thing of the past!
We can also listen to national and regional radio transmissions, as well as those from a local level.
Paper maps are pretty much a reminder of a bygone era these days. They go out of date the day they get published, and are next to useless when trying to drive at the same time.
The military have been using GPS to help guide them across land and water for years. The technology is available to consumers in the form of satellite navigation.
Modern cars, such as those sold by www.harratts.co.uk, have sat-nav built into them as standard. They use touchscreen displays, making it easy for drivers to plot their destinations.
They are so advanced that they will even give you verbal directions as you drive. You don’t have to keep peering down at the display for your next driving instructions!
Remote Boot/Trunk Unlocking
Imagine you have your hands full with grocery bags or maybe even some boxes. You get to the back of your car but discover that you can’t unlock the door without putting everything down on the ground first.
Many cars on today’s roads have an awesome feature called remote boot/trunk unlocking. To use it, you need to have your car keys in your pocket or bag. Just wave your foot underneath the back of your car, and the door will open up. Magic stuff, huh?
It’s no secret that most of today’s cars have air conditioning as standard. It was a feature that used to be a luxury in the motoring world around 20 years ago. But today, it’s as standard as power windows and central door locking.
Climate control takes air conditioning to a whole new level! Instead of adjusting the controls using a dial, you can tell your car what temperature you want. It will then adjust your heating and air conditioning settings to suit!
What features do you rely on the most in your car? Do post up and let us know!