New Car Technologies You’re Likely To See Soon

May 4th, 2016

There’s been a lot of hoopla about self-driving cars, adaptive cruise control, automatic braking and other high-tech features on new cars…but here’s some Auto Repair in Queens NY lesser-known tech that’s in the works for upcoming years.

·         Electronic Glare Control: Everyone’s had the experience of never quite being able to position a sun visor so that it can effectively block the sun from blasting your retinas. Volkswagen’s solution is a network of sensors that picks up the position of your eyes and the position of the sun, then darkens a portion of the windshield glass accordingly (much like how auto-dimming rear view mirrors work). The  computer can then move the darkened portion of the windshield accordingly.

·         Family Tech: If you’re tired of hearing “are we there yet?”, VW’s child navigation system features a rear DVD screen with a kid-friendly map of your route and special descriptions of things to look for on the way. The kids will also see how much time is left and a cartoon character invites them to play games or do in-car exercises, then it even goes to sleep when the kids nap.

·         Autonomous Driving for Winter: Ford has recently demonstrated a series of lasers and sensors that can read lane markings for an entire urban area and drive the vehicle autonomously – a big help for wintertime or rainy conditions when lane markings might be impossible to see.

·         Pedestrian Detection: Infiniti’s new QX60 uses Forward Emergency Braking…with pedestrian detection. Like you probably guessed, it can detect pedestrians walking in front of or behind the car and apply the brakes automatically.

·         Adaptive Cruise Control for Traffic: The Lexus LC500 coupe can brake all the way to zero and resume, a technology they call All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. While adaptive cruise control for highway driving has been around for a couple of years, this is the first system that’s designed for the stop-and-go of city traffic.

Some of these advances are still a couple of years off…but others are here today! Whether you’re driving a classic ’65 Chevy or a new high-tech VW, we hope you’ll come to us at 106 St Tire  & Wheel for your repair and maintenance needs. Make an appointment with us today!There’s been a lot of hoopla about self-driving cars, adaptive cruise control, automatic braking and other high-tech features on new cars…but here’s some lesser-known tech that’s in the works for upcoming years.

 

·         Electronic Glare Control: Everyone’s had the experience of never quite being able to position a sun visor so that it can effectively block the sun from blasting your retinas. Volkswagen’s solution is a network of sensors that picks up the position of your eyes and the position of the sun, then darkens a portion of the windshield glass accordingly (much like how auto-dimming rear view mirrors work). The  computer can then move the darkened portion of the windshield accordingly.

·         Family Tech: If you’re tired of hearing “are we there yet?”, VW’s child navigation system features a rear DVD screen with a kid-friendly map of your route and special descriptions of things to look for on the way. The kids will also see how much time is left and a cartoon character invites them to play games or do in-car exercises, then it even goes to sleep when the kids nap.

·         Autonomous Driving for Winter: Ford has recently demonstrated a series of lasers and sensors that can read lane markings for an entire urban area and drive the vehicle autonomously – a big help for wintertime or rainy conditions when lane markings might be impossible to see.

·         Pedestrian Detection: Infiniti’s new QX60 uses Forward Emergency Braking…with pedestrian detection. Like you probably guessed, it can detect pedestrians walking in front of or behind the car and apply the brakes automatically.

·         Adaptive Cruise Control for Traffic: The Lexus LC500 coupe can brake all the way to zero and resume, a technology they call All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. While adaptive cruise control for highway driving has been around for a couple of years, this is the first system that’s designed for the stop-and-go of city traffic.

 

Some of these advances are still a couple of years off…but others are here today! Whether you’re driving a classic ’65 Chevy or a new high-tech VW, we hope you’ll come to us at 106 St Tire  & Wheel for your repair and maintenance needs. Make an appointment with us today! 

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