Smart satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring -

Hills are bad for fuel sav­ings. Like­wise, a dark cor­ner on a twist­ing road can ex­pose a car to hid­den dan­gers. Com­pa­nies are now work­ing on smarter sat-nav sys­tems that talk to the car and help it as­sist the driver.

For in­stance, a drive from one town to the next may have two op­tions, in­clud­ing a short one that crosses a range of hills and a longer one that trav­els along the flat. A smart sys­tem will recog­nise that even though one route is longer, there’s less fu­el­sap­ping work climb­ing hills, so it’s the one to drive when you have a lim­ited amount of fuel in the tank.

Like­wise, lux­ury brands are us­ing satnav to iden­tify if the car is com­ing up to a sharp cor­ner on a moun­tain road.

The car dips the head­lights so as not to daz­zle an on­com­ing driver and throw ex­tra light into the cor­ner to help the driver see what’s ahead.

Ford, Holden, Nis­san and now MercedesBenz are of­fer­ing in-car sat-nav sys­tems that can read the traf­fic ahead and alert the driver if there’s a po­ten­tial snag, such as a col­li­sion or break­down.

It then gives a choice of sitting in the traf­fic or try­ing to find a route around it.

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