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In-Car Technology and Autonomous Features

In-Car Technology and Autonomous Features

New technologies are always being introduced in cars, but with new developments like the creation of dual screen technology, have we gone too far? Should we, as insurance companies recommend, be focusing on different technological developments such as anti-crash devices?

Over the past decade, many new developments in the field of technology have found their way into our cars. From satellite navigation displays, to televisions in headrests, each one has managed to make their way into vehicles. Many have become part and parcel of our everyday driving life. But are we going too far, and can new technologies actually make driving worse?

The new dual-view screen was first introduced in the Range Rover back in 2010, and costs over £1,000 to install in cars. It allows a single screen to be viewed differently depending on where you sit within a vehicle. For example, for a driver it may show the sat-nav guidance to a destination, but for other passengers, it may show a film or TV show that they can watch. This may sound good for those with families, but the feedback has perhaps been less than positive. It seems that the screen can be viewed as a distraction for drivers, even if they can’t see the programme. Most would rather screens be built in to the back of headrests for children to watch.

Should there be other technologies incorporated into cars? Just a few weeks ago, Thatcham Research, who are the research centre for motor insurance in the UK, revealed that there are 18% fewer injury claims for third parties with cars that have anti-braking technology incorporated within them. The organisation recommended that the government introduce a £500 incentive for anyone who purchases a car with anti-braking tech installed to try and stop accidents from occurring.

Stephen Jury, Marketing Manager at Motors discusses the use of technology within cars further: “The advancements in vehicle technology is extremely exciting. There has been an increase in mobile integration into the driving experience making it easy to make and receive calls, safely. With anti-braking technology now being deployed by more manufacturers, the roads will become a safe place for everyone.”

It puts the question as to whether new technologies are good or bad or up in the air. Should new tech be welcomed? Perhaps, especially if it assists in causing fewer accidents and helps drivers stay safe on the roads. With new cars coming out all the time, and new technologies being incorporated into them, it is just a matter of time before we see what the future really holds.