We’ve seen a lot of innovation over the past few decades in automotives, and brands are promising more tech and greater revolutions in standard features as we move forward into the future. It’s a lot to take in for people who are looking to get a modern day car after a while of driving their trusty old vehicle into the ground. From standards such as touchscreens and wireless phone syncing, to the newest developments in autonomous driver assist features that keep you safe on the road, there are a load of new variables to consider when writing up your shopping list must haves. Here’s a look back at the latest adaptations in automotives in recent years to give you a snapshot of what you’ll find in today’s vehicles, and how much more convenient and safe these well valued systems make vehicles these days.
There’s a lot of technology even you might’ve taken for granted even in your outgoing car, though it may seem like an absolute antique compared to the new vehicles you’ll shop through. In the 90s, car advancement saw the development of electronic stability control, traction control, and antilock brakes become standard accoutrements, far excelling a vehicle’s handling to prevent loss of grip on road surfaces. Our tech consultant at Bob Fisher Chevrolet (Reading, PA), these systems constantly monitor your vehicles’ wheels to detect any hint of skid or slip, automatically adjusting the forces of brake or throttle to keep your car moving in the direction you want. Anti-theft systems were few and far between vehicles in those days, and some in the early years of the decade even had only one driver-side airbag in the event of a collision.
The 2000s lept and bound through the development of better safety standards within vehicles, from crash-force whiplash reducing seat designs to six standard airbags–the newest fad being side-impact curtain airbags and blind-spot monitoring side sonar (first developed in 2008). Traction and stability controls with antilock brakes became the norm throughout the automotive market, written into US law as necessities by 2013. Parents had to learn the new LATCH system to buckle in their child’s safety seats, and people were quickly learning the dangers of driving while distracted with cell phone legislation being passed state to state. Bluetooth would take care of that problem, first with headsets and then with in-vehicle call capabilities and voice recognition technology.
Progressing through the 20-teens, previously premium features are trickling down through vehicle trims to become more accessible at budget-friendly values. User interfaces became a norm, gradually gaining more programs like available GPS navigation, as well as the great development of ingrained reverse cameras and sonar alerts (just becoming mandatory in US sold vehicles in 2018). Nearly all have MP3 streaming capabilities to keep our favorite tunes with us on the road, and more commonly, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are becoming standard expectancies to sync up with our phone apps. Even keys are becoming seemingly stone-age technology as vehicles gain more frequently included keyless entry and push button starts. These days, there are a load of beeps and boops informing you of surround-car obstacles, from front collision warnings to LaneKeep technology to center you as you cruise along the road. And parking? A worry of the past for some riding vehicles that can autonomously park themselves either parallel or perpendicularly!
Cars are becoming more convenient and more aware for the ease of our everyday driving, with a slight learning curve for those who are just getting behind the wheel of these technologies. There’s plenty of resources available for quick startup guides when buying a new car, though! Make sure you test drive your new car, and ask plenty of questions from your dealership to fully understand the scope of how far vehicles have progressed. With some practice, the innovations of the car industry will soon become your favorite features!