Thanksgiving is a time for reflecting on the things that we’re most thankful for. To show our gratitude to the automotive industry, we thought we’d highlight some truly amazing vehicle tech options and innovations that we oftentimes take for granted. Below are the top 5 features we’re thankful for this Thanksgiving season.
5 Vehicle Features that We're Thankful for this Year
1. Heated & Ventilated Seats
Although heated seats have been around for several years, it’s still a top feature to be thankful for year after year. There’s nothing quite like travelling on snowy Minnesota roads with a warming sensation on your backside during the frigid winter months (except perhaps a cooling one during the summer).
2. Backup Cameras
Being able to see what’s behind you while reversing has quickly become a feature that many simply cannot live without. With a high-resolution image to view, it becomes much more difficult (though not impossible) to run over the trash bins at the end of the driveway. And, with parking sensors enabled, backing into a tight parking spot has never been easier.
Don’t have a backup camera in your vehicle yet? You may soon, as rearview cameras will be required on all vehicles under 10,000 pounds after May 2018.
3. Advanced Driver Assistance Programs (ADAS)
Driver assist systems help keep you safe at any given moment and often include programs like Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, and more. These features provide motorists with essential information about their surroundings and automate difficult or repetitive tasks in the hope of an overall increase in safety.
4. Ambient Interior Lighting
While this feature may not be what some would consider “high-tech,” it’s still something to be thankful for this season. Normally found on luxury cars, LED lighting can generally be adjusted to different colors and levels of brightness, making motorists and their passengers feel more comfortable and happy.
5. Bluetooth Connectivity
This feature enables your phone to send data and receive input from a car’s hands-free system. This means you will be able to control your infotainment system and stay in touch with your coworkers, family members, and friends safely while driving. Not sure how to connect to your vehicle? Here’s more information on how to pair your phone with your car.
These are just a few of the features that we’ve come to know and love throughout the years. Thanks to leaps and bounds in technological advancements, cars are now home to game-changing features like these and more. To see some of these systems in person, visit our Golden Valley location.