The future today
I’VE driven lots of cars that park themselves, some that drive themselves and a bunch that do everything they can to stop you killing them — and yourself — including automatic braking.
BMWis working on a smart key that allows you to start the car and also unlocks a hotel room, provided of course that your car has made a booking and paid in advance.
The next Mercedes-Benz S-Class limousine, due in November, will have a pair of 30cm display screens in the dashboard to handle data transfer — the only way to describe it these days — to the driver and front-seat passenger.
Do I like all this technology? Sometimes.
Satnav is marvellous when you’re out of town or overseas. It’s nice to have a range of entertainment choices linked to my iPhone, and Bluetooth has made in-car conversations much safer. Land Rover has a clever dual-display screen that allows the driver to see the satnav while the passenger plays on Google or watches a movie. Tech such as this will migrate rapidly to almost everything priced above $35,000.
The day is coming when GPS and satnav could easily be used to ensure you never break the speed limit. And that’s a day I don’t want to see.