Looking for your dream car can be a maze of confusing jargon so here’s a
list of techno buzzwords to make that journey a little less bumpy…
Bluetooth functionality has moved beyond hands-free headsets
and mobile phone file share. With a Bluetooth equipped sound system in your car
you can wirelessly stream music directly to your speaker and video to headrest
monitors. Many cars allow you to access your phonebook via voice command and
sent texts without having to touch your phone. Though it's always advised to
check if your car supports your phone, many new models will have no problem
connecting to the latest devices.
A staple in trying to figure out where you left your car in a busy car park, remote central locking allows you to lock and unlock your car at the push of a button. Great for when you need to open the doors with your hands full or when you get ten feet from the car and can't remember if you locked up or not. Don't panic about lost fobs and dying batteries; most models offer the ability to unlock with a key often hidden within the body of the key ring
For when you're maintaining a steady speed along the motorway, cruise
control takes over the throttle, allowing you to rest your foot and settle into
the drive. Essentially it's the closest thing you'll get to having your own
Whether it’s a series of beeps, a guide upon your car screen or actual real
time video, parking aids are becoming every popular in new vehicle models.
Great for helping you into (and out of) tight spaces, the sensors and camera
detect any nearby objects with increasing noise to highlight how close you are
getting to impact. Some models will also track your course and advise when to
straighten up your wheels for the perfect bay or parallel park.
In much the same way that your mobile phone can direct you from A to B,
in-car Sat Nav provides clear, detailed navigation on your dashboard. A
standard in more and more newer models, up to date Sat Nav incorporates
accident reports and rerouting and can often offer mapping across Europe; a
cheaper option than paying 3G roaming charges on your phone.
Gone are the days of turning a crank to readjust your seat. Electric
adjustable seats move forward and back, tilting the backrest to your preferred
position all by the press of a button to your side. Throw in the luxury of
heated drivers and passenger seats and you'll never want to leave your car...
especially when it's cold outside.