Car Performance vs Technology

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Are we having to sacrifice driving performance for technology? Years ago, the big push was for cars that drove better and were safer at the same time. There were huge developments in the ABS field which virtually eliminated many traffic incidents on the road. When breaks no longer locked up and sent the driver into a skid, the roads become safer. On top of that, many automakers went to the all-wheel-drive systems, which gave control of the car to every tire, and may control much much easier.

Then of course going back further there was the innovation of airbags. At first they were only available to the driver, but then the integrated into the passenger side. And even later, specific models had rear passenger airbags installed as well. So now, not only was driving safer, but the inevitable accident was not is traumatic as it had been in the past.

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Now these days the focus is turned towards more gadgety developments, than the more important driver features. It started with the backup camera. Many cars now have a camera mounted to the back bumper that shows what is immediately behind the driver when they shift into reverse. While this is good to prevent people from bumping into things when they back out of a parking space, it is not a huge safety feature. Any accident at that speed is only going to cause minor scrapes to the body. Many new buyers flocked to such an innovation in lieu of researching the more important features of the car.

The next innovation was the radar that would alert drivers when there were other cars present. If a passing car came within a certain range, the dash would beep, and the driver would be alerted and aware. But that brings up one important question. Aren’t drivers supposed to be focused on the road at all times? I believe that while this seems helpful, it allows people to drift off into thought, and using such systems as a backup.

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Now the next push is driverless cars. These will use radar systems and navigation tools to drive the passenger wherever they wish to go. The only problem I see with these, is that the car performance will diminish to make up for the cost of the technology. In which case the cars themselves will be less safe in the event of an accident. I think there needs to be a gradual integration between technology and performance. That will take us into a new era, while at the same time, keeping us safe.

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Are You Ready for Driverless Cars?

Are You Ready for Driverless Cars

Driverless cars are coming. There’s no disputing this fact. Tech giants Apple, Google, Uber and Intel are pouring large amounts of money into self driving car research and development. The same can be said for massive car manufacturers like BMW and Audi. With that kind of financial firepower, there’s no question that the future of automobiles is self driving. ┬áHere is a look into what self driving cars will look like.

How Soon?

The question is: When will driverless cars hit the market, and how quickly will they supplant current, autonomously operated cars? Some people point to recent setbacks, such as Uber’s self driving car program experiencing a high profile crash, and say that self driving cars are still a decade plus away from being deemed safe enough for mass adoption. However, the general consensus is that self driving cars will be hitting the market in the next five years, and no later than the next ten years.

And once the driverless car hits the market, most predict that adoption and proliferation will be swift. The general trend in our society seems to be that technology adoption cycles are accelerating. Consider how quickly smart phones as multimedia devices spread to become the new normal, as an example.

Effects on Daily Life

Once self driving cars become fairly common, expect some very significant societal trends to evolve. One of the biggest one involves personal car ownership. Already, Uber and similar services are providing a somewhat viable alternative to automobile ownership with ride sharing and car pooling options available. Once the Uber fleet is self driving, it should be even more possible to do without a personal car with little inconvenience, and with less overall financial investment. The idea of ubiquitous personal car ownership may disappear from the American/Western culture.

Changes in the Business World

The ramifications of self driving cars are even more significant in the business world. One of the industries which would be most disrupted is the trucking industry. On a positive note, employing self driving trucks will streamline the industry, driving costs down and lessening traffic accidents associated with human operator error of trucks. The downside, however, is that the approximately 3.5 million truckers currently being employed will be largely out of jobs. So if you’re currently a trucker, the advent of self driving cars is going to signal a forced career change.

Another industry that will be significantly altered is the insurance industry. The whole concept of auto insurance is going to have to be refined, as all projections suggest that driverless cars will lead to far fewer traffic accidents than we see currently. Additionally, the concept of ‘fault’ in a traffic accident will be completely different.

All this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the impact that self driving cars will have on the lifestyles of anyone who regularly operates an automobile. Are you ready for driverless cars? If you haven’t considered what life will be like with them, it’s probably wise to spend some time thinking about it, because that day is coming sooner than you might expect.

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Biometric Vehicle Access

Biometric Vehicle Access

To take you just a little back, automobiles in the past were equipped with a manual key system to either unlock or lock the doors. But consumers became restless as car theft was on the rise since it was easy to misplace keys or for them to get stolen. With the age of technology came Biometric Vehicle Access or commonly known as the keyless system.

The biometric access system is an advancement of technology to automate how you lock or unlock your car, such that it has to verify or recognize to allow access. Versions of this kind of a system are easily accessible and they include face recognition, finger prints, hand geometry as well as voice verification. This is the latest anti-theft technology being used on new models of most vehicles.

Reasons to Appreciate Biometric Vehicle Access Technology in Your Vehicle

1. It has a user-friendly interface. The training that you will require is minimal as it does not concern complicated administrative passwords and the cost of maintenance is pocket-friendly.

2. It improves on tracking. The system is automated will keep track of any instance of unauthorized entry and then collect the necessary data and push the information to you as soon as possible.

3. It is convenient. The device provides you with a convenient and efficient platform to access your car. It is said that humans are to error and as a human, you might fall victim of forgetting passwords or pins. In addition, pins or passwords can be stolen or even hacked. But biometric vehicle access involves characters that are biological and therefore duplication is not easy.

4. Serves you first-class protection. If you do not authorize access it becomes quite difficult to manage access to an unauthorized individual. The theory behind it is the special features, for example, if it is accessible only from your fingerprint then it will remain like so as it is common sense you cannot share fingerprints.

5. The system is fast. For it to allow you access, it takes a matter of seconds to process the request. It also recognizes unauthorized attempts to accessing of your vehicle and stores the information in the database and warns you in good time to take action.

Do you now feel confident purchasing or using the car you own that has a biometric vehicle access system? With all given reasons the choice still remains yours. But you should keep in mind that this is the latest anti-theft technology that will reduce the chances of your car being easily accessed.

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