Shopping for a new car? Then get excited—if you’ve been out of the market for a few years, then you might be pleasantly surprised by some of the new technology that’s being incorporated into the latest models. Here’s some of the coolest tech you can expect to find in 2019/2020 vehicles. If you want to buy a car that’s truly state-of-the-art, buy one that has one or more of these amazing features.
Backup cameras used to be reserved for only higher-end vehicles, but nowadays you’ll find them built-in to a wide range of vehicle models by every auto manufacturer. A backup camera enables you to see behind your vehicle when you’re in reverse. It’s a great safety feature, especially if you have children—if they’re playing outside when you’re backing out of the driveway, you’ll be able to keep an eye on them so you won’t accidentally hit them.
Undoubtedly one of the most helpful things about backup cameras is that they make parallel parking ultra-easy. Actually, once you’ve spent a couple of months parking with a backup camera, you might never be able to drive a car without one ever again.
Apple and Android Support
One of the best things about buying a new car versus an old car is that many newer vehicles are coming equipped with Apple and Android support. That means they’re capable of running Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
When you use either of these apps with your iPhone or Android, your smartphone interface will be displayed on your vehicle’s LCD screen so you can more easily navigate through your apps. You’ll be able to stream movies, play music, and take phone calls all without ever touching your phone—which is both a great convenience feature and safety feature. If you entertain your kids with your iPhone or Android during long road trips, you’ll definitely get a kick out of this technology.
Adaptive Cruise Control
One of the most advanced new auto features is called “advanced cruise control.” Adaptive cruise control is basically an advanced form of cruise control that can help you maintain a safe distance from vehicles in front of you at all times.
The technology works by using sensors that detect how close you are to the vehicle ahead of you. The sensors then direct the cruise control system to either slow down or maintain its speed so you can cruise at a constant pace without having to brake.
Unfortunately, this technology is found mostly in higher-end vehicles, so you might need to find new Mercedes-Benz or new VW cars for sale.
Lane Departure Warnings
A lane departure warning system might be one of the most helpful new safety features in the auto industry, especially when you’re driving home at night or driving for a long amount of time on a road trip. Whenever you accidentally veer out of your lane, the warning system will alert you that you’re straying. It’s a really simple system that’s very effective in preventing accidents.
Blind Spot Sensors
Blind spot sensors are becoming commonplace in nearly all modern vehicles. They’re similar to lane departure warnings—when you’re going to change lanes, the warning system will alert you if there’s a vehicle there in your blind spot.
Typically, there’s an icon on your side view mirrors that lights up when there’s a vehicle in your blind spot, and an alert will sound if you indicate that you’re going to change lanes. This is another simple safety feature that can prove incredibly effective in preventing accidents.
Hands-Free Open Trunk
This might be one of the coolest new convenience features in modern vehicles. We’ve all been frustrated when we have our hands full of groceries and we’re trying to open the trunk of our car—sometimes we wind up dropping our grocery bags all over the parking lot. Modern cars are being equipped with a sensor that’s located by the trunk handle. All you’ve got to do is wave your knee or hand under the sensor and the trunk will automatically open for you. It’s such an easy convenience feature, but somehow the most utopian.
Buying a new car can be a stressful process. But amp yourself up for car shopping by thinking about all this sweet new auto tech that you can find in modern vehicles.