Technology Drives

By Eric Budzinski, April 11th, 2016

Learn about technology available in many new vehicles designed to increase safety and the driving experience. Locate a dealership to find out more about these impressive features.

Apple CarPlay™
Apple CarPlay™

Apple CarPlay™ - A connectivity solution that casts a familiar iOS interface to the car's system display, allowing you to control select apps and your device either with the infotainment screen or your voice. CarPlay allows for seamless use of iPhone apps through the infotainment system providing quick and easy interactions with app functions.

Play music from your iPhone easily by tapping the app or music play list. Easily access the navigation system, if using Apple Maps, your daily route is recognized and CarPlay will offer you alternative routes to avoid traffic. If you're going somewhere new, it's easy to ignore daily route recommendations, when you first start up the vehicle. Take a familiar friend along! Siri's voice is built-in to guide you through the car's voice recognition button. A great bonus: Listen to or send texts verbally, up-load music play lists and start navigation without distraction or looking away from the road.

Apple CarPlay™ is available on vehicles from the following manufacturers:

  • Acura
  • Audi
  • Buick
  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • Ford
  • GMC
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Kia
  • Mercedes
  • Mitsubishi
  • Porsche
  • Volvo
  • Volkswagen
Android Car

Android™ Auto - Your Android smart phone is now able to connect to your car's media platform. Use certain features of your smart phone hands free, or on your car's touch screen display. Android Auto allows users to cut down on distractions using voice commands, instead of fingers, controlling tasks from the steering wheel as well.

With popular music, news and podcasts, including Google Play Music, the system is very popular with Android phone users. When your phone is plugged in, it cannot be used, instead must be used through the infotainment system. A great safety feature, which forces the driver to use the hands-free and voice commands to take calls, verbally send texts, navigate and listen to music.

Android™ Auto is available on vehicles from the following manufacturers:

  • Acura
  • Audi
  • Buick
  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • Chrysler
  • Dodge
  • Fiat
  • Ford
  • GMC
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Infiniti
  • Jaguar
  • Jeep
  • Kia
  • Land Rover
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Subaru
  • Volvo
  • Volkswagen
Night vision

Night Vision - Vehicles come equipped with night vision viewing on the dashboard to avoid hazardous situations when unable to see.

This is a great safety feature for anyone, at any age. Night vision will reliably detect and alert drivers to pedestrians, hazards, animals and other obstacles within the reach of your headlamps. Some of the systems are so advanced this feature can pick up on whether or not the object detected is living or moving towards the path of the vehicle. Heat generated by living objects helps make them more detectable, but other large objects will also be illuminated for the driver to react in time. Similar to a small screen on your dash board, all objects on the road ahead can be clearly viewed.

Night vision is available on vehicles from the following manufacturers:

  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Mercedes
Automatic high beams

Auto High Beam Control - There is no longer a need to automatically control your cars high beams. This feature will automatically operate a vehicles high beams in appropriate situations.

How many times have you struggled with illuminating the road ahead? Now, a great new feature will improve night driving which will dim headlights to avoid shining them in another driver's eyes. When another car is spotted, the dimming mechanism is engaged, changing the direction of the light from the headlight, in directions where you need it most. This new feature is also available for motorcycles. With the main goal to improve safety, this feature will be available on more and more models in coming years.

Auto high beam control is available on vehicles from the following manufacturers:

  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Cadillac
  • Chrysler
  • Dodge
  • Hyundai
  • Jeep
  • Lexus
  • Mercedes
  • Mini
  • Mitsubishi
  • Porsche
  • Toyota
  • Volvo
Parental controls

Parental Control - Now control multiple features of your car from the press of a button.

Teenage driving is a challenge, at best. Keeping tabs on young drivers and monitoring their driving habits early on, can be accomplished through “parental controls.” As cars get smarter, more and more features will be available for parents to monitor. Some models report driver speed, how many times activity features were engaged, distance driven and a host of other reports all designed to manage young drivers. While this may seem intrusive, recent studies have found drivers between the ages of 18-24 actually welcome the technology to help them become better drivers and feel it will help them to avoid falling into bad driving habits.

Parental control is available on vehicles from the following manufacturers:

  • Chevrolet
  • Ford
In-car WiFi

In-Car Internet - This feature brings Wi-Fi to a whole new level. Your car is now equipped with a built in Wi-Fi hot spot. anytime anywhere.

The benefits to having in-car internet are many including being able to connect directly to your favorite entertainment apps. Reviews reveal a high satisfaction rate with consumers. Some of the safety features a connected car will provide are road condition alerts such as severe weather on your way to your destination. Also collision avoidance and accident alerts. The big push here goes beyond being able to access social media and entertain the young-ones in the back, but to really promote the safety management features.

In-car Internet is available on vehicles from the following manufacturers:

  • Audi
  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • Chrysler
  • GMC
  • Jeep
  • Mercedes
  • Mini
  • Porsche
Cameras

Cameras - Cars come equipped with hi-def cameras, providing another set of eyes to avoid dangerous situations.

By 2018, the NHTSA will require vehicles under 10,000 lbs. to have them. Many vehicles feature rear view or reversing cameras and for good reasons. Having eyes in the back of your vehicle can save countless lives. Cameras also alert you to obstacles in your path such as a bike or other object which can damage your undercarriage. While very popular with consumers, not all models come with this feature. Also making strides are dash cams, which can help to record an accident or other events. This technology has been used as evidence when sorting out fault in court cases. Look for this in select models.

Convenience cameras are available on vehicles from the following manufacturers:

  • Acura
  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Buick
  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • Chrysler
  • Dodge
  • Fiat
  • Ford
  • GMC
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Infiniti
  • Jaguar
  • Jeep
  • Kia
  • Land Rover
  • Lexus
  • Lincoln
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes
  • Mercury
  • Mitsubishi
  • Mini
  • Nissan
  • Porsche
  • Scion
  • Subaru
  • Toyota
  • Volvo
  • Volkswagen
Smartphone

Smart Phone Vehicle Management - Locate your car, start it, call for assistance and get a health report on its operating status.

Smart phone vehicle management is available on vehicles from the following manufacturers:

  • Buick
  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • GMC
  • Mini
  • Porsche

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