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.