Between Ford’s SYNC, GM’s OnStar, and countless iPhone apps, technology in our cars is pretty dang impressive. We can speak commands to our radios, our cars can call an ambulance in an emergency, and our phones can even track zero-60 times. All pretty cool.
But it doesn’t go far enough.
Below are more features I want in my car… technology that (I think) is available now and would make driving even more seamless with the rest of my life.
What I don’t want is for my car to drive or park itself. I enjoy driving too much to ever give up control to a robot, but I’d sure appreciate conveniences such as these to make my experience behind the wheel even better:
First, there is no reason why my car shouldn’t have a built-in hard drive dedicated to storing my music. I know that already exists, but it should automatically sync with my computer when the car is parked in the garage at night. Why would I even need iPod connectivity in the car when my wireless network could automatically update my car’s music library every night?
Sometimes while traveling, I’ll arrive in a new city and panic, wondering if I left my doors unlocked or the headlights on in the airport parking garage. I want an e-mail from my car that says something like, “Hey, moron, in your hurry to catch the red-eye, you forgot to turn off my lights. But don’t worry, I’ve got ya covered. Just wanted to let you know that if it weren’t for me, you would have come home to a dead battery. Oh, and I locked my doors too.”
Tire pressure monitoring systems are great, but rather than just telling me that a tire is low, I want my car to use a built-in, lightweight air compressor and fill it back up to the appropriate pressure. I also want my car to keep the tires at optimum pressure based on the temperature and conditions outside.
I don’t think any of this is too much to ask. Don’t you think this stuff should be offered right now? Do you want more or less technology in the car you drive?