The 2016 Canadian International Auto Show is wrapping up in Toronto and new technology for cars was at the forefront. Here is some new car tech you will want to look at if you are purchasing a car in 2017 or beyond.
With all the talk of Google’s self driving cars, self-parking and driver lane assist, when will we see a self driving cars on the road? The new BMW 7 series allows the car to park itself without the driver actually being inside. All you need is to be holding this fancy key fob and your parallel parking horror days are over! Elon Musk says the new Tesla, with the rollout of its Autopilot system, “we’re now almost able to travel all the way from San Francisco to Seattle without the driver touching any controls at all.” And that’s not all, Tesla also has ‘self steering’ on the Model S which allows you to summon your car with the touch of a button. How Knight Rider is that?
In 2017 Volvo customers will be able to opt for an app on their smartphone that allows them to lock, unlock and start their car and be totally keyless. Vice President Henrick Green says, “New technology has to make our customers’ lives easier and save them time. Mobility needs are evolving and so are our customers’ expectations to access cars in an uncomplicated way.”
Also for 2016 Chevy and Hyundai will be fully compatible with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto which are designed to run instead of the car’s pre-programmed software. It won’t be long until other auto makers will follow suit with new apps.
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How awesome would it be to be able to shut down a car thief by deactivating your car remotely? OnStar already uses this technology regularly, but in the future, it could be standard on vehicles eliminating police car chases and stolen vehicles, maybe even better than bait cars.
If you think these tech advances are cool, just wait until 2017!