It’s that time of year when we give thanks for our family, friends, good health, and having a roof over our heads. These good fortunes are certainly worth being thankful for, but don’t forget about the things you usually take for granted. Here are the top 10 oft-forgotten automotive innovations we’re thankful for.
Ever get your key stuck in the lock to get it started? You don’t have to worry about that with a push-button start in your car. This is one of the easiest automotive innovations for the holiday season, as you can start your car with the push of a button from inside your home. This is great for icy days when you need to warm up the car before a commute.
Bluetooth devices can easily connect to your car speakers so you can keep listening to your audiobook or music in your car. Need to talk to a family member while driving, but you want to be hands-free? Look into bluetooth to do all your technology tasks in the car while you drive! These systems have smartphone integration and voice recognition built-in.
One of the great automotive innovations, automatic climate control monitors temperature in your car, air-flow, air distribution, humidity levels and more. It is one of the most advanced air conditioning systems in cars you can find.
Heated, ventilated and massaging seats are automotive innovations can make your car drive especially comfortable. Heated seats are a luxury for the winter to keep yourself warm, especially if you didn’t heat the car before your commute. Ventilated seats are a newer addition to cars in the past few years that feature perforations in the seats. That allows cool air to blow over the surface so you don’t feel like you’re sitting on top of a stove in the hot summer weather when you get into your car. Some systems even feature massaging chairs, so look for those when buying a car if you commute a lot.
With the use of forward-facing sensors, cars with adaptive cruise control let you drive down the highway with less stress. This safety feature automatically changes your car’s speed to match the vehicle in front of you, up to your chosen maximum miles per hour. You simply set your car’s cruise control like normal. Then, when you’re in traffic or cars suddenly stop in bad weather, the adaptive cruise control uses a radar to sense traffic ahead, keeping you 2-4 seconds behind the car in front of you.
Don’t you sometimes wish you could see everything going on behind you? The inability to see behind your rear tires while backing up can actually be deadly in some situations, so consider this feature (if you already don’t have it) if you have small kids at home or live in a busy area. This backup camera is generally featured on your centered dash and will show up distances from objects, backup lines, and will sound an alarm if you’re too close to objects.
Sometimes, you simply have too many things to carry and not enough hands to get your car doors open. This is why automotive innovations such as hands-free liftgates can be so handy! When your car’s set-up proximity key comes within a certain distance, your car door can pop open for you. If you have models with the bumpers on, you can simply wave a foot below to pop your trunk open. How cool is that?
Thank goodness for automotive innovations such as built-in navigation! No one wants to be lost while on vacation or when bad weather and construction are happening, especially on the way to work. Built-in navigation systems are great for getting you from point A to point B in the fastest time possible. These automotive innovations will have menus for saving your home address, locating points of interests (restaurants, stores, etc.), your favorite locations and more. Premium audio, bluetooth and voice-control systems are also built-in to many navigation systems in cars. Look for award-winning navigation systems such as the “J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability” award.
Anti-lock brakes can help increase your stopping control and stability when braking suddenly. This antilock brake system is located on each of your wheels. There is an electro-hydraulic braking circuit and sensors to detect your speed and if you’re slowing down. In instances where you have to brake suddenly, the anti-lock brakes will make your tires pulsate and pump for you when skidding starts or before you even realize your tires were skidding. It can decrease your likelihood of a crash, which is one of many great car features!
Hate to parallel park? You don’t have to hate it any more! Some cars have a built-in car-maneuvering system to parallel, perpendicular or angle park your car. You can pull up next to the spot you need to park in and your automatic parking system can calculate angles and distances for you and actually park the car. No more trying parallel parking over and over and no more hitting the cars around you!
For these and other automotive innovations that we love in the cars we work with, call Scott’s Fort Collins Auto today at (970) 682-4202!