It was inevitable, wasn’t it? First we had smart phones, then we had smart televisions – supermarket shoppers in the UK can even enjoy smart prices, if they want to – so it was only a matter of time before we had smart cars.
Of course, Mercedes have had the Smart car since the 1990s but for a truly ‘smart’ car we’ve had to wait for technology to catch up. So what makes your car so clever?
Although your car may not know all the words to ‘She Loves You’ and it may not be able to name all of the James Bond actors, with an on-board computer that can track how many miles you have travelled, how much fuel you’ve used, how many miles per gallon (MPG) you are getting and how far you can drive before you have to fill up, there’s no doubt there’s a brain under that stylish bonnet.
Most modern cars will also check your oil and your tyre pressure whenever you switch on the ignition.
There is also the technology that allows us to make and receive telephone calls through a Bluetooth connection. Then there is the stereo that can decipher both traditional and digital radio frequencies as well as accepting mp3 CDs and a connection with your iPod, and a host of extras such as parking sensors and automatic climate control that make your car an automotive Einstein.
Many cars now come with a built-in satellite navigation system and you can even purchase vehicle tracking technology that will help you locate your car if you have the misfortune of it being stolen. Advancements in tracking tech means that you can instantly find out where in the world your car is – even if you are thousands of miles away – from the comfort of your laptop.
Whether you want to track vehicles for security reasons or for the purposes of fleet management, modern software is so simple that even a non-smart car could use it! With any internet enabled device you are able to locate vehicles, set no-go zones, monitor reports such as driving efficiency reports and receive customised alerts.
So while your car may be clever, at least you are able to keep your eye on it.