For my birthday, I asked for a smart car. My husband, who is always one step ahead of me, had already purchased one. It was a perfect gift because we are looking to buy a new car soon, and I think this is the way of the future.
We have been test driving cars and doing our research on line for months now, but there is nothing like actually being in the car to know if it will suit you. The smart car has been around for several years now, but as usual it took a while to get to America from Europe. This little vehicle has all the technology and convenience features that a much larger car would have. When I first saw it, I wasn’t sure I could fit comfortably inside, but once I did, it was surprisingly roomy and comfortable.
The smart car is an electric vehicle that goes about 70 miles on a full charge. For most people this doesn’t seem like a big issue, if you use your car mostly in town, but what do you do when you go on a long trip? Well there are charging stations all over the country where you can fill up your tank with electricity instead of gas. The great thing about this is that electricity costs less than gasoline and burns cleaner so
I just signed the contract for my first new car. It’s a smart car, the kind that parks itself, turns off lights if you forget and knows when to alert you about your next service appointment.
I’m thrilled about the purchase and look forward to learning more about all of its cool features. If you have any tips or suggestions for me, please share them here!
My car can drive itself. It’s a great convenience, especially in traffic jams or when I’m late for an appointment and have to make up time. However, I’ve noticed that the “smart car” feature really comes into its own on long journeys when my energy starts to flag.
I was driving back from a conference last week and was getting very tired. I stopped at a service station for a coffee and a snack, but I still didn’t feel up to continuing my journey. Then it dawned on me: why not let the car do the driving?
I climbed back into the driver’s seat and activated smart mode by pressing a button on the dashboard. First of all, the car did a quick scan of the road ahead to check that there were no other vehicles in its vicinity; then it set off again at a steady speed of 60 mph. All I had to do was put my hands in my lap and relax while the car drove itself along the empty road!
After an hour or so, I felt fresh enough to resume manual control of my vehicle. If you own a smart car and are planning a long road trip, I strongly recommend trying this trick yourself.
Not so long ago, cars were dumb machines. They could move on their own and get you from point A to point B, but that was the extent of their intelligence. But the last few years have seen a huge amount of innovation in this space, and now cars are able to do all kinds of smart things.
In the early days of GPS technology, car manufacturers started to provide navigation systems as part of their cars. These systems allowed drivers to enter an address or location, and then they would show them how to get there.
Since then cars have gotten much smarter, and these days most new models provide hands-free voice control for everything from music selection and text messaging through to climate control and even web browsing!
I have been working on a new car. This car is different from all the other cars. It can talk, it has screens and it can do many things that no other car has done before.
I bought this car because I wanted a challenge. I wanted to see if I could teach an old car new tricks. The car is a 1992 Toyota Corolla with 190,000 miles on it. It’s in pretty good shape and still runs great, but it is lacking in the “cool” department. Even though it gets 40+ mpg, I would be embarrassed to drive one around town.
So my goal is to add the highest tech gadgets to this car, while keeping the cost low and the quality high. So far, I have replaced the stereo system with an aftermarket stereo that has Bluetooth and DVD/CD capabilities for about $300 including installation (it was $150 for the parts and $150 for labor). Next up: I am going to replace the stock speakers with JBL speakers for about $200 in parts and labor. I will also be adding a navigation system (a Garmin Nuvi), a dash cam (a Mobius) and possibly a wifi hotspot with 4G capability.
The car of the future is smart, connected, and cares about its passengers. It provides a safe, entertaining and comfortable environment for passengers to interact in.
Toyota’s Intelligent Transport System (T-ITS) is a wise example of how the car of the future can be transformed into an integral part of a smarter transportation system to improve road safety and efficiency. T-ITS is a Global Navigation Satellite System that uses real-time data from vehicles and infrastructure to provide drivers with information on road conditions and traffic situations through various channels. This allows drivers to make informed decisions to help avoid road accidents, reduce congestion and lessen environmental impact.
Toyota’s Smart Center is one such channel that allows drivers to receive real-time safety alerts while they drive. The data collected by Toyota’s T-ITS system generates alerts based on location, direction of travel and speed, notifying drivers of road infrastructure malfunction, bad weather conditions and slow moving or stationary traffic ahead. A driver may then choose to divert his direction of travel or reduce his speed in order to prevent possible dangers that lay ahead.
The car of the future will be much more than a simple means of transportation. It will be equipped with an amazing array of technologies that will make it a mobile office, entertainment center and communication hub.
Imagine driving down the highway in your car of the future, but instead of having to watch the road, you can sit back and relax as it drives itself. Meanwhile, you can use the time to catch up on your email, watch a program from your home digital video recorder or listen to music from your personal MP3 collection.
As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also an onboard computer system that can run a host of productivity and entertainment software applications, including word processing programs, spreadsheets and video games. And if you need to find a restaurant or the nearest ATM, let the built-in GPS system guide you there.
But wait — there’s more! If you’re in a meeting at work and get called away by an unexpected emergency at home, you can use videoconferencing software installed on your car’s computer system to see what’s going on. Then you can use another application to adjust the thermostat or turn off lights in your house remotely.