Car technology has changed a lot over the last 10 to 20 years. You’ll find there are a lot more fancy features available in a car from the noughties as opposed to a car from the nineties.
With many of these technological advancements centering around safety, it makes sense always to purchase the latest car model that your budget allows for. After all, it may be that very technology that saves your life if you are involved in an accident. Here are some to look out for.
Electronic stability control (ESC) was introduced into Mercedes-Benzs and BMWs in the mid-1990s. This is an important safety feature, experts even consider it to the be THE most important one a car can have. ESC senses when your car is sliding, helps control the skid and straightens up the car before you lose control.
GPS Satellite Navigation
A helpful addition to modern cars is a built in dash-top GPS satellite navigation unit. From the mid-to-late 1990s, these took off as a way to conveniently find your way around without needing a handheld map in your glove box or to get out your phone. It’s a safety feature too as many accidents occur when people try and read a map or look at their phone while driving.
Modern airbags have been around since the 1980s and have saved hundreds of thousands of people’s lives since then. In newer model cars you’ll usually find multiple airbags, not just frontal airbags in the passenger and driver dashboard. There are also side impact airbags, knee airbags, rear head airbags, rear seat centre airbags and even seat belt airbags.
Bluetooth wireless technology appeared in the late 1990s and continued to improve since its inception. In 2001 you could get a hands-free kit for talking on your phone while driving, today it’s a given that this technology is installed. An important safety feature for sure, and one that we now take for granted.
Rear View Backup Camera
Today backing out of a driveway in a new car is less fraught with danger than it was before the early 2000s. With the installation of rear-view backup cameras now an essential feature for the family car, children and pets are less at risk of being run over. They’re also useful for parking so you can spot a kerb or another car before you back into it. Not all new cars come with this at the moment, but it will soon be a required feature on all passenger vehicles.