7 New Car Technologies: What to Know When Car Shopping

Dec 5, 2019 2 min read


Modern automotive technology is getting smarter by the day, making it an important consideration when buying a new car. We take a look at some of these new car technology features that are changing the way we travel and commute, and keep us safer than ever.

1. Lane Departure Warnings

Distractions in the car or along the road can cause even the most diligent driver to drift into another lane. Through a steering wheel vibration or an audible warning, lane departure monitoring systems alert you to any straying. They won’t activate during a planned lane change, however, as long as you’ve flipped on your blinker.

2. Teen Driver Monitoring

When teens first get their driver’s licenses, they lack the decades of experience you’ve had behind the wheel. New car technology can help with that. Built-in alert systems can notify you about risky behaviors, such as speeding. Some vehicles even provide parents with a teen driver report. New technology also allows for setting stereo volume limits and preventing motion if seatbelts aren’t fastened.

3. Sensors for Protecting Cyclists  

Street parking in an urban environment can test your nerves, especially with bicycles and electric scooters rolling up alongside you. Thankfully, modern car technology features exit warning sensors that alert you if a cyclist or other obstacle is in your path so that you don’t open your car door. Some systems even prevent you from exiting if you ignore the warning.

4. Vehicle Tracking Systems

Increasingly, cars are being equipped with technology that can lead law enforcement directly to your stolen vehicle, which means criminals have a much tougher time getting away with theft. Bonus: This technology can help you find your car in a crowded lot.

5. Wireless Device Charging

As smartphones become more and more central to our lives, keeping them charged has become priority No. 1. Many newer cars are now equipped with wireless charging pads or slots so you can skip the cord wrangling and ensure you have a full battery charge while you’re on the go.

6. Towing and Trailering Guidance

If you regularly tow a boat or a utility trailer, you know that the process requires precision and skill. Newer towing vehicles now offer hitch guidance for a perfect lineup, as well as a hitch view while in motion so you can make sure your trailer is secure. Plus, additional cameras and sensors help ease the challenge of maneuvering and backing up.

7. Remote Control and Monitoring

Move over, remote start and keyless entry. Now we can control newer vehicles with our smartphones and leave the keys at home altogether. On a cold day, start your car from the office, even if it’s blocks away. Check if your vehicle is locked without having to traipse back across the parking lot. Or see if your car is secure in the airport parking lot, even if you’re on the other side of the continent.

Stay Protected

New car technology can go a long way to keeping drivers and their cars safe, but it can’t replace the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re taken care of if an accident happens. Farm Bureau offers a range of auto insurance coverage options to help you find the best fit for your needs.

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