I’m into my gadgets and I think there’s a lot of great in-car technology that is either available now or we can expect to see the future. We have alluded to some of this on our blog with Rob talking about satellite navigation on Wednesday while not so long ago I blogged about how wi-fi is being introduced into our cars in the US. So yesterday it was great to be told about some of the cool features included on some of the newer cars on our UK fleet. Our new Ford Mondeos now include an ipod docking station, our Peugeot 407s have bluetooth and our Renault Meganes include a 12-volt socket for plugging in, well, whatever electrical appliance you feel you might need in a car. Here are the top 5 things I’d like to see:
1. Head-Up Display
Fancy yourself as Maverick from Top Gun? No, I’m not suggesting flying cars are just around the corner, but you soon could drive like you’re flying an F14 fighter jet. No need to look at the dashboard as your speed, radio stations, fuel levels, etc are displayed on the underside of your cars windscreen.
2. Satellite navigation with traffic
This is one that can really cut the stress from driving and it is readily available now. Pity that when there is a jam on the M25, no other route is going to save you time. I know this from experience!
3. Ipod connection
I talked about this in my intro. No need for CDs when you’ve got a miniature jukebox in your car.
4. Integrated Blackberry that converts text to voice
I’m not sure if this is even in the pipeline but if you are unfortunate enough to live your life by Blackberry (like I do), then you’ll see the benefit of this.
5. Green mode on automatic transmission
How about a Green mode instead of the Sport mode? It was an option available on the Toyota Prius I recently tried out.
The ones that just missed my list were automatic parking and automatic 3-point turn. Maybe I’m an optimistic, but the technology is there so it might just be round the corner! So what do you think? Do you know of any other gadgets that deserve to be on the list? Or have you got a brilliant idea that no one has even thought of yet? Feel free to post your top 5!