The Best New Automotive Technology & Auto Tech Trends to Watch in Next Year
Automotive technology is advancing at an ever faster pace. Every new model year seemingly brings a new slew of high-tech features. Not every vehicle is available with all or even some of these features, but it’s important to know what’s out there and what you should expect to get for your money when it comes time to buying a new vehicle in 2019. Here we’ll take a look at some of the new tech you’ll likely come across in any search for a new vehicle in the coming model year.
Vehicle Control Via an App
- What Is It?
In our ever evolving connected world, automakers have begun to offer apps that allow us to interact with our vehicle from afar. This could be from across the parking lot or on the other side of the world. These apps can allow you to monitor the area around the vehicle, honk the horn, flash the lights, start the car, park and summon the vehicle and, in the cases of electric vehicles, monitor the battery’s state of charge. Always forward-thinking Tesla is a leader in this segment, while Buick, Chevrolet, BMW, Lincoln, Volvo and others offer their own solutions.
- Why It’s Cool
Have you ever considered how antiquated the concept of a physical metal key is in 2018? In many cases, these connected apps allow you to leave those keys at home and truly live in the modern world. Additionally, they make it easier for you to find a car in a parking lot, and allow you to double check from afar whether or not you remembered to lock it.
- Is It Worth The Money?
If a car company offers this feature, they typically do so at no extra charge to customers, in some cases requiring a small monthly subscription fee. Anything that allows you to leave your old, clunky keys at home is worth it in our book.