You didn’t think that this blog only talked about computers and smartphones, did you? There will be more articles about car technology, which has really advanced over the past three years or so. In fact, in terms of the tech industry, one could argue that cars are just as important as computers and smartphones, but don’t always “fit” the category.
A couple weeks back, I traded in my deteriorating 2013 Hyundai Accent and bought a 2017 Toyota Corolla iM. I have always grown up with Toyotas, but I decided to give the Hyundai a chance. Needless to say, I’m glad to be a Toyota customer again. I love my car and am fascinated by the new technology included that I’ve never had in a car before. Here are some of the technology features:
Vehicle Backup Camera
This is the feature that I find most useful. There is a camera mounted on the rear of the car that shows wide angles of what is happening from the back side. There are lines drawn as well, so you know if you are backing up too far. Even in dark situations, you can see everything in the monitor.
I still am somewhat uncomfortable using this; for years, it has been a natural habit to look behind, and I still do. However, the monitor, which turns on once you go into reverse, assures that there will be nothing I miss, which has happened more than once when I relied on my eyes.
Okay, I know these have been in cars for years, but usually really expensive ones. Now, I have one in my Toyota. I still prefer attaching my smartphone to the dashboard in order to get step-by-step directions (and warnings when traffic will be backed up), but the display, which lets me choose between radio stations, radio services, connections, and just about everything else, is fascinating. And since it is a capacitive touch screen, it works well.
I first realized how helpful this was when it was early in the morning, and I was driving without barely sleeping. I heard some loud-pitched beeps and a warning message that I was accidentally swerving into the other lane. This feature is great, but it also doesn’t work when you go less than 30 mph. So far, this is the only thing the Driving Assistant feature had to warn me about.
Thankfully, I haven’t had to use this yet. The Toyota site says that the system helps you avoid a frontal collision with audible and visual warnings when it senses that a collision could take place. In fact, if it determines that a collision is absolutely going to happen, the system may apply the brakes for you. I hope the system doesn’t “activate” on accident, which would likely cause the collision it was supposed to avoid in the first place.