It’s fair to say that in-car technology has thrust ahead since the addition of cassette players and power steering. With such a prevalence of autonomous vehicles becoming the picture of the future, it seems the focus of in-car tech has shifted this way. The primary attention decidedly leans towards human safety, thus, in-car tech of 2019 reflects this. And with much of the activity of driving slipping ever so slowly out of the hands of the ‘human’ driver, the next obvious branch of advanced in-car tech is geared towards comfort.
Without further ado, let us deliver some of the invigorating tech that is leaking from premium brand motors into the mainstream market of motoring.
The humble Cruise Control is no more. Car architects have taken this device, tore it to pieces, and spat out an all-encompassing computer that has something to say in almost every driving scenario. Vehicles are now adorned with Radar and Adaptive Cruise Control in a bid to both circumvent from the dreaded phantom traffic jam, and obviously, to enhance safety measures.
Through these radars and sensors (and in some cases, video cameras), the speed of the car is controlled in accordance to the surroundings. Chucked into this computer is also lane control, blindspot monitoring, self-parking and an anti-collision warning system. Which is insane.
Driver Assist is almost like having an unsleepable co-pilot who has certainly eaten all their carrots and is prized with 21/21 vision; no matter the weather nor level of lighting, it is all-seeing of your surroundings. Whilst this is clearly a fantastic tool, it does somewhat take the thrill out of driving. So it’s just as well you can switch it on or off.
Eyes on the Road
There are two types; the first is a straight-forward flip-up Head-Up Display (or HUD) that shows the main elements you need with no obstruction to your view of the road (such as speed, the speed limit of that road section, and if you’re really lucky an arrow that is linked to your in-car navigation).
Going further, the second type of HUD is more exclusive both in user-friendliness and aesthetics. The display is beamed directly onto the windscreen in front of you from a little projector on the dash. From a simple adjustment, the information can appear nearer or farther away, which is pretty cool.
Also, those used in high-spec BMWs go further to project entertainment functions on the display. If you enjoy your iOS’ Control Centre, then picture this but the motoring world interpretation; in the more advanced versions of the Head-Up Display, you can tailor what you see to your own requirements.
Wake it Up Before You Go-Go
Envisage it’s the peak of a British bleak mid-winter. The concept of even stepping one toe out your front door sounds repulsive, let alone allowing your body to make contact with the freezing skin of your car seat. If only you could start the car and crank up the heat from the warmth of your home as you conduct the final morning procedures… Ah, but you can.
All you need to refrain from becoming a partial snowman at the start of your morning commute is to tap into your car’s appropriate app and set the heat to blast to your pleasure. (*This is provided you are fortunate to have private/off-road parking, and a kind insurer who acknowledges this ingenious tech). Again, from once being very much an attribute to vehicles higher in the motoring spectrum, Remote Starting is becoming commonplace in such vehicles as the Ford Focus.
Though of course there are limitations which you should look into if you were so interested, we can all admit, this is definitely a future convenience in-car technology.
Let’s Torque About Specs
The final feature in the abundance of innovative and accessible car tech is Torque/Brake Vectoring. This is the process in which the engine of a car uses differentials to generate torque that is independent to each wheel.
In practise, control of the inner wheels is concentrated and distributed proportionally during a turn, making it more adaptable than traditional systems. In stimulating a limited-slip differential, you gain a superior torque. Vectoring, thus, invigorates and streamlines the handling of a car during a drive, which simply opens up a whole new realm of comfort and excitement on the road.
It’s Not Just the Inside that Counts
Naturally, the final note of this blog is one that we at Riviera hold close to our hearts; wheels. Meanwhile, in the evolution of in-car tech, we continue to inspire our customers with exceptional alloy customisation for outer-car appearance, and accentuated drivability.
If you are pondering the prospect of new wheels for your car, then our online shop is brimming with extremely cool options. As always, our very friendly and incredibly knowledgeable staff are always here to answer questions, or to supply guidance.