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What’s the most useful car technology that you can imagine? While car manufacturers aren’t quite ready to produce cars that run without any type of fuel, today there are many tech features that make the driving experience more fun and efficient. Below is a list of some of the most useful technology currently available in cars.

Keyless Access

It’s almost difficult to believe, but there once was a time when you had to get your key out of your pocket and insert it into your car’s keyhole in order to unlock the door. Today the majority of newly manufactured cars come with keys that have radio transmitters. When you get close to the car, you press a button and the car unlocks. However, the use of smart keys is now becoming more widespread. With a smart key, you don’t even need to get the key out of your pocket. A smart key can work in two different ways. For the first method, once you walk close enough to the car it unlocks. For the second method, you need to be close to the car and have your hand on the door in order for the car to unlock.

USB Ports

USB ports are a great tech feature for a vehicle to have. You can charge your phone while you drive, or you can connect an older mp3 player that has your favorite songs. It’s an especially useful feature to have if you are a parent. If your car doesn’t have built-in television screens, then you can plug in an iPad to keep your children entertained on long trips.

Bluetooth

Bluetooth has made it possible to send and receive phone calls and even dictate texts. While it’s true that drivers need fewer distractions, not more, having the ability to make a hands-free phone call is a practical tool to have while on the road.

Voice Recognition

Voice recognition software is becoming more advanced with each passing year. In the past interacting with voice recognition software could be extremely frustrating. You usually had to speak a command multiple times in order for the system to hear you. Now you don’t necessarily have to speak a preset command. Instead, the system can grasp your meaning from various phrases. As artificial intelligence improves it will help make voice recognition even more useful.  

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive cruise control (ACC) gives a car the ability to adjust its speed and distance based on the vehicle that’s ahead in the lane. It accomplishes this through the use of sensors built into the vehicle. You can set the speed for your vehicle, and when the car in front of you slows down your car will slow down. Then it will speed up once the car ahead speeds up. While this tool is typically employed on highways, some cars now have the ability to use ACC in bumper-to-bumper traffic.