Admit it: you thought flying cars would be on the market by now. Anyone who’s seen Back to the Future has been waiting around for the past couple decades, hoping to cruise through the sky like Doc Brown and Marty McFly. But while flying cars have yet to come to fruition, there are 8 amazing new car features on the market making driving safer … and cooler.
Cool car feature #1: cameras
Some newer cars are hitting the lot with special cameras already installed. If you’re a Subaru fan, for example, you can buy a model with their EyeSight system. Your ride will come equipped with a pair of cameras that sit over your rear view mirror for extra eyes on the road. This EyeSight system can warn you if you start to veer into the next lane or get too close to another vehicle. And it can even stop the car if it looks like you’re headed for a collision.
Cool car feature #2: sensors
Mercedes recently developed a new safety feature called Collision Prevention Assist, a sensor that monitors your ride’s distance from vehicles in front of you. If you accidentally get too close to the car ahead, you’ll be warned by several noisy beeps and a flashing light so you can apply the brakes.
There are also sensors that monitor driver fatigue, and if they sense you’re getting drowsy, they’ll kick in to wake you up. Depending on the sensor, you might hear an alarm, feel your seat vibrate, or get a sudden nudge from your seat belt.
Cool car feature #3 : back-up assistance
One of the coolest new inventions is back-up assistance. This feature detects when anything from a skipping child to another vehicle is approaching you from behind, warning you so you can hit the brakes. And some models even apply the brakes for you in case you’re not quick enough.
Cool car feature #4: self-parking devices
For those of you who dread parallel parking, there are new cars that will take care of this with just the push of a button. Several 2013 models are equipped with this awesome feature, including the Ford Focus, Escape, Explorer, and Flex, as well as the Lincoln MKS and MKT.
Cool car feature #5: adaptable air bags
Ford designed new air bags that adapt to different body sizes and shapes. The 2012 Focus, for example, features air bags that can sense your body size and vent unneeded air during a crash so you’ll get just the right amount of protection. They’ve also changed the shape of this vehicle’s air bags to lessen the impact on your chest and ribs.
Cool car feature #6: adaptable headlights
Driving at night can be challenging, but several new car models showcase adaptable headlights that turn along with the car, allowing you to better see upcoming hazards when taking curves. Adaptable headlights may also amplify light production, making it easier to drive at night.
Cool car feature #7: windshield-clearing assistance
If you experience freezing winter weather each year, you’re all too familiar with the annoyance of ice and snow crusted on your windshield. Magic Vision Control, a sweet new technology offered on the 2013 Mercedes Benz SL-Class Roadster, can bring that to a halt. It automatically heats your windshield wiper blades and your washer fluid when the temperature drops.
Cool car feature #8: tire pressure alert system
Get ready to toss that handheld tire gauge in the trash. Nissan’s Easy-Fill system not only alerts you when your tire pressure needs a little adjusting, but it also offers guidance when you’re adding air — once you reach the ideal psi, your car’s horn will honk.
With technology constantly evolving, what new car features do you think the auto industry will come up with next? What would you like to see? Weigh in below!