Depending on your age, you may or may not remember having manual windows. But there was a time when we had to lean over the passenger side of the car to roll down a window. Before the 90s, it was commonplace, but technology has stepped up in this and so many other areas to make our commute (and our lives) easier.
So, even though we take things like power windows for granted, many technologies are working hard to make the morning commute go more smoothly. Helpful smart car technology is all around us. And in this post, we’re going to take a minute to appreciate all the advancements that make the drive more pleasant.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive Cruise Control is arguably one of the most helpful auto technologies that we’ve seen in the past few decades. This technology was patented in 1991 by General Motors, but for many years, it was reserved for luxury vehicles. In recent years, this feature has rolled out to mid-range vehicles, and commuters everywhere are rejoicing. As long as your commute doesn’t involve a lot of traffic, adaptive cruise control makes perfect sense. You can almost set it and forget it as the car detects when it needs to slow down and speed up based on your vicinity to other vehicles.
Lane Keep Assist
Have you ever had those mornings where you sleep through the alarm and have to jump straight into action? You can’t even have a sip of coffee because there’s no time. The adrenaline gives you a nice jolt to get you out of the door, but then the steady rocking motion in the car lulls you back to sleep. There’s no doubt that drowsy driving is dangerous, and fortunately, there’s a newer car technology to help avoid disaster. Lane keep assist will alert you whenever you’re drifting out of your lane and may even help correct course to help you avoid an accident. Many morning wrecks happen as a result of drowsy driving, and it’s a problem that technology can easily fix for you.
Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Braking
When you’re rushing to work in the morning, you’re going to be tempted to multitask. You know you shouldn’t. But there you are eating or putting on makeup during your commute. But the reality is that multitasking while you drive is dangerous. This is the definition of distracted driving.
But with forward collision warning and automatic braking, your car can detect when you’re getting too close to the vehicle ahead. It does this through a network of cameras and motion detectors. So, you don’t have to worry quite as much about getting into an accident on your way to work — even if you’re a little more distracted than you should be!
As you’re leaving for work in the morning, you may be thanking that rearview camera for showing you what’s in your path. These cameras offer a view that you wouldn’t otherwise have, so you can see animals, small children, or objects that may be in your path. And nothing could ruin your morning commute more than an avoidable tragedy.
With newer technologies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you can access songs and maps from your smartphone and control it all through your infotainment system. So, even if you’re in bumper-to-bumper traffic, you can rock out to all your favorite jams. You can even stream your favorite music stations through the high-tech sound system in your car (much better than your phone speakers). And, possibly, the best feature of smartphone syncing is that you can easily send auto-replies when you’re driving. Even if you have forward-collision warnings and automatic braking, you don’t want to drive while distracted. And this feature can help you avoid distracted driving.
We’ve come a long way since the days when we had to lean over to open a window, but that’s the beauty of technology. Not only has it evolved at lightning speed, but it seems to be unfolding even faster.
You’ve probably noticed that your morning commute has gotten a lot easier thanks to new technology, and it’s about to get even better. We’re all looking forward to what’s to come in new car technology.