Smart satellite navigation
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.