In the past several years, a lot of exciting tech has found its way onto new cars of all price points. Even base models today are packed with technology that makes driving more enjoyable. Whether it's meant to improve driving safety or just make vehicles more fun to drive, the new technology is now much more available to the average driver than it once was. In the past, many of these features were only found in six-figure automobiles. Today though, you can find versions of these in most new cars, but they come together nicely in the Cadillac CT6 Platinum.
Autonomous Driving Systems
We're still on the edge of a huge breakthrough with autonomous systems. Computing power, sensors, and AI are all coming together to allow drivers the opportunity to chose when they want to take the wheel ... and when they don't. Systems such as Cadillac's Super Cruise and Tesla's Auto Pilot are already on the market allowing drivers to take their hands off the wheel in some situations. However there are a host of other technologies such as Nissan's ProPilot Assist that are available on more affordable vehicles.
Modern Connectivity and Entertainment
Smartphone users log in to check their banking, send instant videos to family members, get reminders of daily obligations, and catch up on their favorite audiobooks. Ever improving systems such as the Cadillac user experience make the car even more connected. This isn't just about making the car more enjoyable, it's a safety issue too. In 2016, more than 3,000 people died because of distracted driving and smartphones were involved in a huge number of those deaths, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
New features allow drivers to connect their smartphones to the dashboard, so voice control features replace hands-on texting, GPS use, radio adjustment, and phone calls. With the Cadillac CT6, there's a Heads Up Display and 12" screen plus natural voice recognition technology to make using the system less distracting. For your listening enjoyment, there's even an available Bose Panara 34-speaker audio system. Plus, for guests in the rear seats, the CT6 offers a secondary moving entertainment center with 10" screen offering HDMI and USB ports to support streaming from your phone, tablet, or laptop.
Safety features are something that has become standard across most new vehicles and the CT6 isn't alone here. Features that are becoming standard in modern vehicles include blind-spot monitoring, backup cameras, lane departure warnings, and park-assist technology. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, these features reduce crash injuries significantly. Imagine the relief a driver might feel when an automatic emergency braking feature preventing a collision with a small child who darted out from between parked cars.
Last but not least, seats are getting tech upgrades too. For instance, many new cars offer heated and ventilated seats but the Cadillac CT6 offers front and rear heated, ventilated, and massaging seats. The front seats even feature a 20-way adjustment for ultimate comfort. Not only does this make you more comfortable but it reduces stress on a long road trip and helps to keep the driver more alert.
Modern Technology Makes Driving More Enjoyable
It's natural to enjoy some pampering from time to time and many new car technology advances have been developed with this in mind. From the development of adaptive cruise control to self-driving cars, automobile manufacturers are simplifying the tasks required to safely navigate the roads. Other features make it both fun and easy to use cars, such as automatic lift-gates, ambient interior lighting, keyless entry, push-button starting, traffic light prediction, voice recognition, welcome lighting, and seats that massage passengers.
Today's cars have moved beyond simply a utility to move people down the street. Instead, today's car designers are focused on the driver and passengers to make that drive safer and more enjoyable regardless of the destination. That's something that we can all appreciate!