8 Car Features That Would Have Blown Your Mind In The Past

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Features and technology in cars are constantly evolving. A few years ago, most things in a car was manually operated. Now, however, things are going automatic.

There has been a massive leap in car technology compared to 20 years ago. There is technology like where the car is also looking out for pedestrians, the car remembers your seat adjustments and also headlights that adjust according to road you are driving on!

Imagine all this 20 years ago. Would you have even thought it possible? These 8 car technologies would have blown your mind in the past:

1. Adaptive Digital Display:

This feature adapts and changes how the meter console is displayed. There are three displays to switch between — Elegance, Eco and Performance. In the Elegance mode, the speedometer is in the centre with the needle highlighted. The Eco mode turns the whole console to green, showing fuel consumption and average, helping you drive in the most fuel efficient way. Performance mode will display how much power the car has and how much is being used. It makes the whole console look very sporty.

2. Automatically dimmed inner rear view mirror with compass:

These mirrors will automatically adjust and take away the headlight glare from the car behind you, and once the car has passed, it re-adjusts itself. These mirrors will also display your course continuously.

3. Electrically adjustable seats with memory:

Days when one had to adjust seats pulling a handle and tugging it are gone. Now, seats can be adjusted electronically with a push of a button and that setting can be saved as well. The vehicle will allow you to save up to three settings, including mirror position. So no more seat adjustment worries.

4. Road Sign Information:

Missing road signs are no more a problem with RSI. This feature picks up important road signs and displays it on the instrument cluster. It can also visually warn you if you are driving above permitted speed limit.

5. Adaptive Cruise Control With Queue Assist:

This feature helps you maintain preset gaps to vehicles from 0 to 200 km/h in automatic cars and between 30 to 200 km/h in manual cars. It also has a stop and go function with ECO mode will adjust the car's speed according to the car in front, helping to smoothly tail the vehicle in front.

6. Adaptive Headlights:

This is a feature that has evolved a lot. The Adaptive headlight technology shows a driver what is around a corner instead of just focusing straight forward. The technology will evolve further, when headlights will focus where the driver is looking.

7. Heads Up Display:

This feature displays information such as speed or navigation right in front of you so that you don't take your eyes off the road to see the meter console. Information is displayed on the windshield of your vehicle.

8. Pedestrian And Cyclist Detection:

Pedestrians and bikers are things to watch out for while driving. This feature automatically detects them and alert the driver if the car is too close to them. A radar sensor continuously monitors what is in front of the car and if it detects a collision, there will be an audible alarm, and if there is no reaction from the driver, the car will brake by itself. How cool is that?

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Story first published: Friday, March 27, 2015, 15:50 [IST]
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