Popular Tech Options (and Why You Still have to Drive the Car)

It’s an exciting time to buy a car. Vehicles are faster and more powerful than ever.

They’re also keeping pace with innovations in the tech industry. At Poquet Auto, we often have customers who come in looking for special tech features on their vehicles. Here are a few of our favorite innovations.

Lane Departure Warning Systems

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, around 70% of American single-vehicle highway fatalities occur in run-off-road accidents. This is why lane departure warning systems top our list of favorite tech features – they’re saving countless lives every day.

There’s some confusion around what is meant by lane departure technology. That’s because there are actually two different types of systems commonly available. Lane departure warning systems notify the driver as they drift, while lane-keeping systems take corrective action when necessary to keep the driver in their lane. Wondering which type of system your favorite brand has? Check out this list of lane departure technologies by brand.

Backup Cameras

Now required on all American vehicles by 2018, backup cameras are another favorite safety feature that our customers look for. Although backup collisions are relatively infrequent, they are more often fatal than other types of collisions. Children and the elderly are the most at risk for these type of accidents, which usually occur in driveways and parking lots.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, backup cameras reduce blind spots by up to 90%, dramatically decreasing the chances of back-over accidents. Backup cameras are also convenient for parallel parking in tight conditions, especially if you drive a larger vehicle like a truck or an SUV.

Bluetooth

Hands-free phone calls have never been so easy. And if you’re headed to one of these 15 states or the District of Columbia, bluetooth will help keep you in compliance with the hand-held cell phone bans.

Bluetooth will also allow you to sync your phone’s playlist with your car speakers. No more spotty radio – enjoy your music, your way. Wondering what else your car’s bluetooth can do? Check out this CNET article.

If your favorite make and model doesn’t offer bluetooth capabilities, don’t worry. There are a variety of bluetooth car kits currently on the market, and they are inexpensive and easy to install.

The Most Important Piece of Technology? You

A few years from now, we may forget the specifics of these safety features as self-driving cars take over the road.

But for now, the most important piece of tech in your car isn’t tech at all – it’s you. If you’re in the market for a used luxury car, you understand this. The thrill of driving wouldn’t exist if the car did everything for you.

For the Best Value, Buy a Used Luxury Car

Although a brand new luxury car may not be attainable, a used luxury car is an extremely smart choice. Since luxury cars get the latest technology years ahead of their economy counterparts, you can often find a pre-owned luxury vehicle with the tech specifications you’re looking for at an incredible value.

Wondering which used luxury car matches your tech wish list? Feel free to give us a call at (763) 522-2000 to discuss our used luxury car inventory.