While it seems like the world is rushing into embracing the concept of self-driving and automated cars, it is clear we still have a long way to go before you see them regularly picking up passengers throughout Orange County. However, you might be surprised at how many high-tech innovations are presently included on many vehicles ready to pull up in your driveway. Best of all, they have nothing to do with your smartphone or yet another app.
Everybody knows the car’s computer is now integral in its daily operation. Your suspension is now able to take advantage of the extra brain power, too. Sensors located at each wheel constantly monitor the changes in the distance between the tire and the frame of your vehicle. The computer adjusts the stiffness of the suspension in real time to provide a ride like you are cruising across a calm sea.
How often do you put your foot on the brake while inching your way through morning traffic? Cruise control isn’t just for rolling down empty highways anymore. When you find a new ride with adaptive or dynamic radar cruise control, the system uses cameras and sensors to maintain your distance between cars. So, if the traffic jam is rolling at 30 mph and then slows to 5 mph, your vehicle will slow down for you. Ford and Audi even offer the ability to come to a full stop and restart without having to reset the controls.
You are cruising along late at night and come around the bend only to be blinded by a rude driver who left their high beams on…oh wait, was that you? These smart vehicles showing up in lots around Orange County often can detect oncoming cars and switch your headlights to low for you. Once the other guy has driven by, your car will light up the road again. This is one of those tech upgrades that is permeating the industry. Your next new car, whether it is a compact sedan or a full-sized SUV, will likely include it.
You want to place a hands-free call using your Bluetooth connection and your vehicle’s infotainment system. However, if your ride has more than a few years on it, you are probably hunting for the right button to select on the touchscreen situated down by your knee. Head-Up displays work with your steering wheel-mounted controls and show the trip information, vehicle performance, or the current caller’s name and number on the lower part of the windshield in your direct line of sight. How smart is that?
It isn’t all about the size of the touchscreen or how many digital tunes you can stream while driving. Cars are getting smarter, and fortunately, the intelligence is often used to help you achieve a more stress-free and safer commute. Come on down to the Beach Boulevard of Cars in Huntington Beach to find your next new car packed with plenty of toys to soothe your tech-savvy soul.