In-vehicle technology implementation has skyrocketed over the past several decades and even more rapidly over the past 10-20 years. It seems hard to believe that air bags have been around since the early 70s and advancements like electronic stability control, OnStar and GPS navigation have existed for over 15 years.
My family admittedly earned less income than most of my peers and as such, we never had a new car with any cutting-edge safety or luxury features. I can remember being the official map reader and direction giver during vacations when I was eight years old, well before consumer GPS technology was available. Many of our vehicles didn’t have air bags or other creature comforts like power windows or tape decks.
Safety features aside, a lot of in-car technology these days are targeted at user convenience. Wireless key fobs allow you to start your car without inserting a key, Bluetooth technology lets you talk on your mobile phone hands-free while driving, seat warmers keep your bottom toasty during chilly winter months and dedicated GPS navigation systems and smartphones help you get from point A to B with ease.
We would like to hear about what in-vehicle technology you use on a regular basis. Are you one of the millions that have purchased a dedicated GPS? Did your new car come with a navigation system pre-installed or perhaps you use your mobile phone for such tasks? What about keyless entry or ignitions systems? Or maybe you have a LoJack theft recovery system installed? Whatever it is, we want to hear about it!