5 in-car devices to watch out for in 2015 04/12/2015
2014 proved to be the year for advanced vehicular technology. Manufacturers are presenting prototypes and releasing a myriad of devices to improve every aspect of your vehicle. Throw away the furry dice, these are the 5 gadgets you wont want to be seen driving without in 2015.
1 - 4G Cars
There was a battle between brands to be the first to introduce LTE-connected vehicles in 2014. These manufacturers are currently producing vehicles which offer a myriad of data services. LTE-connected vehicles will provide fast, quality connections to power apps in your dashboard as well as redistributing mobile broadband throughout your vehicle via Wi-Fi. In the US, manufacturers intend to lock their automobiles to specific carrier networks which offers the opportunity to combine your phone and car to the same network and reap the benefits of a shared data or family plan.
2-GPS Navigation systems
It’s a new year, so why not indulge in a new GPS navigation system? Manufacturers are currently releasing new, updated GPS devices for 2015, which all promise to be faster and more effective than any smartphone sat-nav app available. These new GPS devices come in a variety of sizes and screen resolutions to suit any vehicle. Moreover, they offer a variety of enhanced features ranging from frequent lifetime updates for maps and traffic information to lane assistance and speed limit indicators.
Toyota released a video recently demonstrating a prototype fitted with ‘Intelligent Transport Systems’ technology. This innovative design works with the driver to keep the vehicle positioned safely on the road, stop at traffic signals and monitor pedestrians’ positions, all in the interest of preventing automobile collisions. Other companies are releasing similar prototypes; Audi are due to present a self parking car; Google have obtained a Nevada driving licence for their self-drive car and Volvo have also tested their own self-drive convoy on Spanish freeways. Although these vehicles are still in the prototype stage, there are devices which are currently being implemented in new vehicles which aid drivers to park and monitor their road safety, all in the efforts of providing you with a safer and more relaxed driving experience.
4-Posture Improving devices
Many companies such as LUMOBack have introduced posture improving gadgets which notify you of when you lean forward, slouch your back and even the extent to which you shift to the side. These notifications aid you to correct your posture and alleviate any back pain or discomfort you experience whilst driving.
5- Self diagnosing cars
Everyone thinks they’re a doctor these days, even your car! For the conscientious driver it is now possible to purchase a self-diagnosing device which enables you to regularly and efficiently check the condition of your vehicle. These gadgets scan the vehicle’s microprocessors and notify the driver when a problem occurs and proceeds to instruct the driver on how to fix the problem.
This article was written by Bradley Taylor, a freelance writer from Derby in England. Bradley is a motoring enthusiast who loves writing about cars, trucks and everything automotive but he also writes across a variety of other topics. You can connect with Bradley on GOOGLE+ and follow him on Twitter