It’s a new year, and that means it’s time to think about how our lives could look different over the course of the next 12 months. One of the largest areas of change may be in our everyday commute. If you’re looking for a new vehicle in 2015, keep your eye out for technological advances that could revolutionize your driving experience. Here’s a look at what technology to expect in dealer showrooms this year.
Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots
New in 2015, OnStar with 4G LTE will be available on select models. This new technology allows you to use your vehicle as a Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing those in the car to check email, stream music and videos, and play games. Not only is the service up to 10 times faster than 3G service, but it’s also powered by your vehicle, so you don’t have to worry about your device’s battery. For more detailed information, check out this video from OnStar.
Toyota recently revealed their plans to move forward with autonomous safety features across their vehicle lineup. According to Automotive News, these features will include automated parking and headlamp adjustment, pre-crash braking packages and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V)/vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication.
The pre-crash braking systems promise to offer more advanced safety and performance than models currently available on the market. The system works by slowing or stopping a car before impact, softening the crash. With V2V and V2I technology, the vehicle’s computer is able to communicate with other vehicles and has sensors to help prevent accidents.
Lane Change Assist
In 2015, more vehicles will come equipped with lane change assist technology that aims to help drivers make more-informed decisions while on the road. Here’s how it works: When a driver turns on their turn signal, the system can quickly identify the activity of vehicles within the new lane. If there’s a car zooming along at high speeds, your vehicle will give a warning that it may not be wise to change lanes at this time.
There have been many technological advances over recent years with regard to in-vehicle entertainment. From navigational tools to satellite radio, the car stereo has evolved far beyond the simple systems of years past. With the convenience and mobility of media apps and storage, it was only a matter of time until vehicle technology advanced to incorporate smartphones. Enter Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, technology that allows you to integrate your phone with your vehicle, hands-free. This is designed to provide a safer driving experience, allowing drivers to make calls, navigate, enjoy music, and send and receive text messages without looking at your phone.
What technology are you most looking forward to in 2015? Share with us in the comments below!