CON­NECTED DRIVE

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - CAREER NETWORK -

With in­tel­li­gence, pro­cess­ing power and con­nec­tiv­ity com­ing into ve­hi­cles, it is only nat­u­ral that the ex­pe­ri­ence of driv­ing a car starts to change. One of the eas­ily vis­i­ble im­ple­men­ta­tions of tech­nol­ogy in cars is Ford’s

Sync voice en­abled in­ter­ac­tive sys­tem, now avail­able in In­dia in the Ecosport SUVs. Pow­ered by Mi­crosoft, Sync lets you con­nect mo­bile phone or dig­i­tal me­dia player to their car via Blue­tooth and USB con­nec­tion re­spec­tively. Min­imis­ing dis­trac­tions, Sync lets the driver make calls or play mu­sic via voice com­mands and a steer­ing wheel-mounted con­trol. Though yet to come to cars in In­dia, Sync has other cut­ting edge fea­tures like Ac­tive City Stop (ACS), which ap­plies brakes au­to­mat­i­cally if it de­ter­mines a col­li­sion is im­mi­nent.

BMW’s iDrive on­board driver in­for­ma­tion sys­tem brings apps, ra­dio and nav­i­ga­tion to the dis­play in­side the car. While the new Nav­i­ga­tion Sys­tem Pro­fes­sional in the BMW 7 Se­ries in­cludes fea­tures such as Full 3D menu dis­plays, in­ter­ac­tive map func­tions (PIE menu) and ded­i­cated 3D graph­ics card, the op­tional full­colour Head-up Dis­play projects driv­ing in­for­ma­tion via a multi-coloured TFT dis­play di­rectly into the driver’s field of vi­sion. This makes driv­ing much safer. The op­tional BMW Night Vi­sion sys­tem with pedes­trian recog­ni­tion takes safety to the next level.

While the easy thing to do is pro­vide info and con­tent on the LCD in­side, com­pa­nies are also pro­ject­ing the same where the driver is look­ing.

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