Here at Esurance, we’ve always been at the intersection of technology and road safety. But as a modern company always trying to push the boundaries of what’s possible, we also understand that technology often comes with challenges.

So Andy Greenberg’s car-hacking story on WIRED earlier this week caught our attention.

As cars get more and more modern, they have the potential to make us safer, more comfortable, and more confident on the roads. But they can make us more vulnerable too. In the following mash-up, we present an overview of how technology is impacting modern driving … in good ways and a few not-so-good.

Car Hacking: A Modern-World Problem
In spite of the media coverage this week, car hacking’s nothing new. Learn a little more about the background of car hacking, and see what’s being done to keep pace with the threat.

Can Cars Help Prevent Distracted Driving?
In the age of smartphones and on-board entertainment systems, some automakers are trying to prevent us from taking our eyes off the road. Will it work?

Self-Driving Cars: The Good
Self-driving cars are no longer a thing of the future, but are they here to stay? Find out how they could change our roads (and our world) forever.

Self-Driving Cars: The Bad
Sure they sound cool, but how safe can they really be? We take a closer look.

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Roads to the Future: Smart Highways and Connected Cars
Cars aren’t the only things that are evolving fast. See how the roads themselves could utilize technology to keep us safer.

Cars Get Their Own Social Network … and It could Save Your Life
Could vehicle-to-vehicle communication eliminate the risk of a car accident? The NHTSA hopes it can.

You decide

The jury’s still out on what so much fast-moving technology will ultimately mean for us as drivers. What do you think will happen? Any predictions for the future? Leave your comments (for posterity) below.

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about Jonathan

After spending eight years writing copy in the magazine and advertising worlds, Jonathan left behind the Rocky Mountains in his home state of Colorado to join Esurance in San Francisco. In addition to being a word nerd, he is also a food freak and a travel nut, so in his off time you’ll likely find him on a weekend road trip, cooking, trying a new restaurant, or going on a long run in an attempt to offset all that eating (not always successfully).