These days, cars aren’t just simple mechanical machines designed to take someone from A to B. Modern cars are fantastic multimedia systems that make full use of the ever changing world of technology and car manufacturers have been battling each other for years to introduce more and more technology to cars.
This can be seen when comparing the standard features of new cars with cars from as recent as 5 years ago. On brand new cars, features such as a colour touch screen display are fairly common, and a bluetooth connection to the cars audio system is also frequently seen.
If you want to scrap your old car, other than making sure you go to an experienced scrap merchant, make sure you have a look at the new and exciting features which you could have in your new motor. For example, some manufacturers have taken cruise control one step further and installed adaptive cruise control in their models. Adaptive cruise control works in much the same way as standard cruise control but instead of maintaining a set speed, a radar signal is used to detect the speed of the car in front, or any other obstacles that may appear. The speed of the car is then automatically adjusted in order to keep a safe distance from any obstacles ahead. This is obviously a massive health and safety benefit, and there are other features that also increase safety on the road.
Some cars have been fitted with a sleep detection system which works by tracking the movement of a driver’s eyes. When a driver becomes drowsy it is picked up by the system and an alert is sounded by the car to wake the driver up. A similar warning system is available to detect when a car drifts in to another lane. Devices monitor the position of the car and when it is detected that a lane is being crossed, it alerts the driver.
Another key feature that is available now is HUD. HUD stands for ‘head up display’, and involves projecting information on to the windscreen. This is most useful when paired with a sat-nav type application. Rather than having to glance at a small screen and take concentration away from the road, a HUD will display the information on to the windscreen so that it can be visible and understood without losing concentration. This will pave the way for future technologies. If cameras were to be mounted on the car, information regarding the road behind the car, and any blindspots could be projected on to the windscreen to be reviewed. An infra-red camera could help to drive at night, highlighting any animals or people who may otherwise have been at risk and the images from the camera could be overlaid over the entire windscreen to get a full indication of the road ahead. The possibilities are almost endless.
It is clear that car manufacturers will continue to push the boundaries in technology in order to build better and safer cars which can only be a positive step for the future.