There is very little that is not affected by technology these days, so why would the motoring world be any different?
Driverless cars are expected to be a common sight on the roads somewhere between 2028 and 2032, and technology that previously was only reserved for niche motorsports like Formula 1 has now been integrated into modern sedans.
Tech giants like Google and Apple have of course been quick to pounce by aligning themselves with manufacturers that are driven to be the first to the line in the tech stakes.
While South African-based companies currently are hampered by their financial restrictions, it is inevitable that as the technology becomes standard, so prices will drop. That their overseas parent companies will require that these innovations are included in the locally-produced vehicles also augers well for the South African motorist.
It is not at all presumptuous to suggest that even pre owned cars in South Africa will soon
Until that that time, let’s take a look at some of the latest tech happenings in the world of wheels.
2016 Kia Optima
This vehicle will be the first to offer smartphone integration. Both an Android and an iPhone are compatible with the Optima’s USB connection. The technology allows Android Auto or Apple CarPlay to function automatically.
We’ve already had Google glass, now look forward to the Mini Cooper’s Augmented Vision. The glasses, which are still in the testing phase, are envisaged to enable the driver to see how far they need to go when backing into a parking space. By way of digital pointers, you essentially will be given a graphic that tells you the road parameters.
The lenses comprise two stereoscopic HD displays that project 3D images that feature Wifi, Bluetooth and GPS.
2016 Jaguar XF
Jaguar’s new touchscreen operates very much like an iPad, letting drivers swipe and pinch when they zoom in or out. Just as with a normal computer, you can even change the wallpaper.
2016 Volvo XC90 T6
Volvo has come up with something that all drivers wish for – a mechanism that is able to cause the car to break automatically at an intersection. The device is able to recognise an oncoming vehicle that looks like it may turn in front or you or is heading for a collision and send a signal to slam on anchors.