To many people, the car they drive is a reflection of their personality. From the make of the car to the music playing inside it, it provides an insight into the personality of the owner or the person driving it. However, technology has invaded our day to day lives, making us dependent and even addicted to mobile communication. From checking our social network notifications to getting the latest gadgets and to even have the ability to prepare for important exams such as the driver theory test, we are a generation passionate for technology.
Techy persons and their cars
Billionaires CEOs of tech companies choose one of the most technologically sophisticated cars there is today—the Tesla. It is a high-precision electric car that can be charged from any electric outlet. The manufacturer also installed Superchargers across the country to provide free electric charge to any Tesla car. Charging is free and the Superchargers are solar-powered. The car can run 200 miles on a 30-minute charge. Talk about energy efficient! These billionaires have money on their hands and they purchase the car they think fit best to their technology-infused lives. One drawback of the Tesla car is its high price tag. However, the company has stated that they will be releasing economically-viable versions of their electric car, to cater to the general public, in the near future.
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We are the generation obsessed with our handheld devices. We camp out in line to get the latest and most advanced iPhones. We brandish our latest gadgets on our social network newsfeeds and we tweet about our every move. We are a generation obsessed with technology. We expect connectivity and communication to be lightning-fast, and we expect this connectivity and communication to be ever present in our day to day activities, even while we drive!
First, we used phones while driving, either for talking or texting. However, this was prohibited in a number of countries. Thus, we switched to technology capable of recognizing voice commands. We downloaded maps and apps using GPS information into our phones and tablets. We then used accessories that enable us to install our devices on our dashboard so we can use them as portable GPS devices, offering routes, maps, and even traffic information. Next, car manufacturers got the hint and released cars with enhancements that support these devices.
Car manufacturers devised their own in-car entertainment and information technologies so as to cater to the information-hungry market. We have Ford’s Sync and Kia’s Uvo, and later, Ford’s MyFord Touch, an in-car integrated media hub. This enhancement enables the driver to access movies, music, and internet radio. Some in-car infotainment systems enable the driver to visit the manufacturer’s app shop to download and install enhancements to the car’s dashboard, much like downloading apps for your phone or tablet. Some systems allow manufacturers to assist the driver in cases of car breakdown or other forms of trouble. These are just some of the advancements that cater to a market that price technology as a valid characteristic to look for before buying their car.