2017 has been a big year for auto developments – and here at KW Auto Body we see it all. From the factories to the streets, cars are improving in just about every way. We see larger vehicles, more advanced technology and better materials. Below are three of the most interesting advancements that we’ve observed so far.
Fully-automated driving is not as far into the future as some movies may portray. Assisted driving technology is, hands down, on the top of our list for most interesting (and impressive) auto advancements. Vehicles are getting smarter by the year, with 2017 holding no exceptions. Cars are now regularly being equipped with sensors that keep an eye on our blind spots and let us know when we’re too close to the line. Some vehicles have not one, not two, but sometimes three cameras – rear, side and aerial view – that are changing the way we drive. As of May 2018, all new vehicles will be required by the law to come loaded with rearview cameras.
CROSSOVER UTILITY VEHICLES.
The auto advancements in the last few years have made it hard to determine the most popular vehicle in America. It’s neither minivan, nor car, nor SUV – rather a combination of all three. A crossover, otherwise known as crossover utility vehicle (CUV), is a vehicle built on a car frame with features that mimic that of a sport utility vehicle (SUV). According to Wards Auto, crossover sales have made up nearly 35% of all new vehicles sales in 2016. Customers like the idea of being able to fit a family, hobbies and groceries into an easily accessible mode of transportation.
With sleeker cars, come smarter cars. Some form of phone-to-car connections have become standard in most vehicles, allowing drivers to make phone calls or navigate through music hands-free. One of the newer discoveries in car tech includes V2V, vehicle-to-vehicle, communication. V2V is a system similar to Wi-Fi in which cars are able to share speeds, sudden braking, accidents and even the weather. This increases the awareness of to what you may not even be able to see.
We know we’ve only touched the surface as far as auto-advancements go, but we hope you’re as jazzed as we are to see what 2018 has in store. Buckle up for one crazy automotive adventure because the next few decades are sure to amaze the world. Here at KW Auto Body we know how to keep your car looking fresh, no matter how technologically advance or “retro” your vehicle may be. Leave the stress to us, you stick to daydreaming about the hands-free future of cars.