The Connected Car – Auto Technology to Enhance Vehicle Experience

Posted on: June 20th, 2017 by Accurate Auto Body Shop No Comments

connected car As technology increases in pretty much every sector of our lives, it’s hard not to notice one of the biggest places increased tech is coming into play – on our daily commute, errand-running, and long road trips. Our cars are one of the places that are growing the fastest in terms of new tech and ability to connect. From vehicles that serve as wifi hotspots to apps that let you have everything you need at your fingertips (without looking down at a phone screen) there’s no denying it – the future of driving is here with the connected car. But what does that mean for you and your vehicle? As your auto body shop, we thought we would take a look at all this fun tech.

Smart Tech Cars Take On a Whole New Meaning

We’re not talking driverless cars here (although maybe soon we will be), but the term “smart car” means something entirely different now than it did 5 or 10 years ago. Nowadays, our cars are practically supercomputers of their own. Most of us are familiar with auto collision warning technology, a connected car, on the other hand, can access weather reports, get directions, see what’s going on in traffic, listen to your favorite playlists and more all from voice-activated systems or a couple of touches on your car’s steering wheel.

Being this connected makes our car travel a whole different experience, and getting the most out of what auto tech has to offer takes sorting through a lot of different apps, gadgets, and gizmos to find what’s best for your traveling needs.

Car Technology to Know

Many vehicles are now equipped with built-in systems that allow for some connectedness right out the gate. For example, the Nissan Connect system allows you to access music, podcasts, audiobooks, and more from your favorite apps by connecting with Apple CarPlay. See our Auto Trends and Technology for more articles on auto tech.

Manufacturers are moving increasingly in the direction of allowing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration to allow for the customization you already have set on your phone to translate to your driving experience.

Even if you’re not connected through one of those, most newer vehicles feature Bluetooth connection and have a certain number of apps available on your car’s dashboard like Pandora, Spotify, weather and more.

More and more third party apps and devices are working to make your vehicle experience exceptional like Viper SmartStart, which is arguably the most impressive remote start option on the market, or Zubie, which is a device that allows you to turn your vehicle into a moving wifi hotspot.

Whatever your technological desires, there’s probably an app or device to help your car meet your wildest connectivity dreams.

Why Smart Cars Matter

As smartphones continue to rule our portable tech and communication lives, distracted driving is a very real danger almost everywhere you go. The beauty of a connected car is that it allows you to enjoy the same convenience of using a smartphone without having to look down at the screen or take your eyes off the road at all. Especially with voice activation, you can ask your car to do the tech heavy lifting for you, get you where you need to go, call who you need to call, and pull up your favorite music without ever looking anywhere but on the road in front of you.

How to Use this Information

Even though auto tech is going a long way toward helping keep us safer on the roads, accidents still happen. Never forget to stay alert and use your senses while driving, and follow the rules of the road you’re on. If you find yourself in an accident or in need of repairs, don’t hesitate to call us at 303-344-2212 or contact us online.

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