We live in a time when technology rules the road with features and gadgets for our cars that make driving easier and safer for us than ever before. Here’s a preview of some of the newest gadgets hitting the market next year:
1. Run-off road protection system – 2015 Volvo XC90, $60,700 + $2,200 for the Convenience package with run-off road protection system: Volvo’s Run-off Road Protection system is a world first. If you drive off the road accidentally, the all-new Volvo XC90 detects what is happening and takes matters into its own hands to reduce injuries to passengers.
2. Perpendicular park assist – 2015 Chrysler 200C, $24,995 + optional $1,995 SafetyTech package: Parallel parking systems aren’t new, but perpendicular parking systems are. The 2015 Chrysler 200C can perpendicular park itself, reversing into a spot at a crowded mall with ease.
3. Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection – 2015 BMW X6, $68,890 + $2,500 stand-alone option for Night Vision with pedestrian detection: BMW’s Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection warns drivers of dangers beyond your headlights. The system can detect animals and pedestrians in the dark by using infrared technology to see things before they’re visible to the naked eye. An infrared camera scans a range up to 300+ metres ahead of the vehicle – that’s more than three football fields – and 200 metres beyond what the Xenon headlights can illuminate. Then it relays a real-time video image onto the LCD screen.
4. In-car Wi-Fi – 2015 Cadillac ATS, $36,110; data plans start at $10/month after three-month trial service: Connectivity has reached new heights thanks to OnStar with 4G LTE, available on many GM vehicles. It brings a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot inside and around the vehicle. You can also connect up to seven devices at once including laptops, smartphones, video game consoles or tablets so the entire family can stay online on the road. At 100x the speed of 2G, the mobile data network is fast and powerful.