In the grand scheme of things, cars are a relatively recent invention that has become so enmeshed into the fabric of our everyday lives… yet we barely give them a second thought. I mean, they take us from point A to point B and that’s all we really need, right?
Wrong. Today, cars are capable of so much more. Here are five awesome things you didn’t know your car could do:
Dashboards are fully customizable
An increasing number of cars are being fitted with customizable instruments that allow drivers to choose what they want to be displayed and how. The car manufacturer Audi even offers a digital display called “Virtual Cockpit” that is so customizable that drivers won’t have to take their eyes off the road to look at directions or choose music.
Cars can connect to the Internet
Cars are now WiFi-enabled, capable of connecting to the internet and even household appliances if you have a smart home.
WiFi-enabled cars use a SIM card to connect to a fast 4G network through which you can stream songs, podcasts, and radio directly through your speakers… make audio and video calls to your loved ones during trips… and even have remote access!
Cars can park for you
You no longer have to go through the stress of parallel parking. Many car manufacturers like Ford, Renault, and Volkswagen have gotten ahead of the problem by installing self-parking software that parks your car for you!
Cars can offer customized temperatures for passengers
Gone are the days when you had to endure freezing temperatures from a car A/C because your passengers enjoyed it. Air distribution systems installed into cars today supply different temperatures to different people so that everybody within the car feels just right.
Cars can check their own health
You can now diagnose your car’s maintenance issues right on your smartphone. Simply plug a small device called FIXD into your car’s port, sync it with your smartphone, and it will instantly tell you why your “Check Engine” light is on, how severe the damage is, and how much repairs would cost.
Of course, FIXD does a LOT more than that. It also continuously monitors your car health, reminds you when maintenance is due, keeps a log of your vehicle’s maintenance history, and detects mileage.
This helps you avoid unnecessary repairs while catching minor issues before they get too expensive — in fact, FIXD could put thousands of dollars back in your pocket. Consider it your own pocket mechanic (that’s actually on your side)!
No doubt — it’s an exciting time to be a car owner!
To remain competitive, car manufacturers are packing more and more features into the cars they produce. The winner, of course, is you — the car owner. You get to enjoy all these cool features that seem to keep on coming as the world of innovation evolves. Take control of your wheels and enjoy the ride!