To date, 2017 has been another exciting year in the auto industry, as thrilling new trends make this a great time to buy a luxury vehicle.
With technology advancing at a rapid rate and new innovations making life easier for drivers, there is a lot to choose from.
The following are a few of the trends that are well worth taking into account when searching for your new vehicle.
The concept of augmented reality has been around for some time, but it was in 2017 that it became big news in the car industry. For example, a number of automotive companies showed off their AR ideas at the CES 2017 trade show.
This technology could work by highlighting important warnings or information to the driver in a natural way.Harman, Visteon, and Continental all produced display concepts that included AR as a way of keeping drivers safe without having to look away from the road in front of them.
It seems as though we will soon see this interesting technology added to some top-end vehicles in the near future. This should be particularly useful for those people who drive in built-up areas where they need to keep their eyes on the road for traffic, pedestrians, and other potential hazards.
As warnings pop up on the windscreen, the driver can feel fully aware of what is going on while avoiding the risk of being distracted from what is happening on the outside.
More Comprehensive In-Car Entertainment Technology
These days, driving a luxury vehicle is a treat for your senses. The rise of connected car technology in recent years has meant that we can now enjoy a world of entertainment and information at our fingertips, every time that we get behind the wheel.
Even fairly basic new cars now have decent entertainment technology in them, while top end models have big touchscreens and the ability to keep everyone happy on long trips.
All of the big name car manufacturers have their own, well-known systems on the market, and they are continually being improved to give more options to the user. For example, this year Ford revealed that SYNC 3 users can now use Amazon’s Alexa voice service to carry out a wide range of tasks, such as ordering items or playing audio books.
BMW also introduced its new HoloActive Touch system, which uses a floating display that is controlled by gestures. Perhaps the most intriguing advance in this respect was the Concept-I from Toyota that included an artificial intelligence powered assistant by the name of Yui.
It seems clear that going out for a drive in a quality vehicle is something that is going to keep on getting more interesting and entertaining.
The March Toward Self-Driving Vehicles Continues
It has now been a few years since the idea of autonomous cars first appeared in the news. While it is taking longer than originally thought, it is still expected that the day will come when many of us will be using self-driving vehicles.
The march towards this technology has continued this year. Car manufacturers such as Honda, Hyundai, and BMW are among the companies that have been working hard to produce autonomous vehicles that are a pleasure to ride in, as well as being completely safe.
Of course, without any driving to take care of, it makes sense that these vehicles offer a luxurious and interesting interior that makes any trip a genuine pleasure. Among the most eye-catching development in this area is the BMWi Inside Future, with a fold away steering wheel, space for a bookshelf, and a huge display screen for in-car entertainment purposes.
Nissan also revealed their Seamless Autonomous Mobility system, which is known as SAM. This system will allow the vehicle to notify a human at a command center when it is in self-driving mode and comes across something it doesn’t understand.
Better Cyber Security
With so much cutting edge technology packed into the best new cars, it is no surprise to see that they have become targets for hackers and other cyber criminals. Among the biggest scares to date came with the recall by Chrysler of 1.4 million vehicles over hacking fears.
Towards the end of 2016, theNHTSA brought out proposed guidelines for improving cyber security in vehicles.Clearly, luxury vehicles are among those most at risk, especially as they could offer a way for criminals to get hold of the personal information of the owner.
This has helped to lead to new security advances and measure in the last year or so, giving an extra layer of protection to drivers.
Therefore, it is becoming increasingly important for buyers of luxury vehicles to understand what security measures are in place to keep their car and their personal information safe. A smart way of doing this is to use an auto broker to source a car that meets all of your requirements in this and other areas.
More Attractive Electric Cars
Another revolution that has been a long time coming in the automotive industry is the arrival of electric cars on a mass scale. There are certainly a number of interesting models around and this market has shown clear signs of expansion in the last year or so.
Among the newcomers to this segment of the auto industry are the Chevy Bolt and the Tesla Model 3. Manufacturers such as Audi, Volkswagen, and Ford are also all at various stages of introducing electric or hybrid power models.
One new electric vehicle that is sure to raise a lot of eyebrows among those people who like the finer things in life is the Porsche Mission E. We were given a glimpse of this car at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt in 2016, with an update hopefully arriving before 2017 is out.
While they were perhaps once seen as being slightly clunky and functional, the work being carried out on exciting concepts like the one from Porsche make it clear that electric cars are likely to become more luxurious and more enjoyable to drive in the near future.
Bearing all of these 2017 trends in mind, we can see that this is the perfect time to look for a luxury vehicle that it is a pleasure to drive.