Car technology breakthroughs in 2015


This year’s cars not only have WiFI coverage, more safety features and better gas mileage, but also parallel park themselves.

4G WiFi Internet connection is one of the newest features added to the cars. It allows passengers to access the Internet while driving. The WiFi will be priced between $5 to $15 a month. The Internet will first be offered in the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu and will be faster than the current 3G connections. Chevrolet is the leader in the new trend, but many people are looking to follow this movement to be connected at all times.

“I think it will be a good thing; it will help out,” said service manager at Honest One Autocare Trevor Silvester. “I think it will only help when you’re stopped; unless they put in relay stations, it might not help out too much on long trips or anything.”

Many dealerships are releasing new lineups with more safety features than before. Forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection and adaptive headlights are all part of the crash avoidance systems in new cars, according to car dealership websites.

The cars are made to detect the traffic and other conditions around the driver. The forward collision warning comes with an auto-braking system that detects cars or objects a car is coming too close to and helps stop the vehicle before a collision. All parts of the collision warning are able to detect the danger around the car and try to avoid the crash.

“Until the technology gets all the bugs worked out of it there will be a little bit of a scare, but I think the technology is probably enough to put it on the road right now; the car slows down comfortably,” Silvester said.

The new car lineup shows that automobile makers understand that the average consumer is looking to pay less at the tank. While many of the sedans already have improved gas mileage, trucks are in the focus for 2015. The new Ford F150, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tacoma have worked to improve gas mileage by lightening the trucks.

Some new cars also feature automatic parallel parking. Parallel parking is one of the pains of many consumers, including BYU students. Car dealers are sensing that and adding the new technology to satisfy customers. While this feature is helpful, most cars still require help from the driver. Drivers must still control the speed of the car, and some may even need to tell the car when to stop; but the car can handle the steering on its own.

“Parallel parking cars have a lot of use for people who choose to drive; especially in big cities, it seems like a useful function,” said General Manager at Mazda in Orem Brantley Read.

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