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In-Car Computer Technology That Can Change the Way You Drive

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A recent issue of Time magazine focused on the evolution of “smart” cars. In these articles, car manufacturers, national traffic organizations studies, and vehicle enthusiasts all had their own say in how the future of automobiles should be addressed. Some say that self-driving cars are the wave of the future and will eventually be mandatory to prevent collisions and injuries. Others believe human drivers must be able to stay in control, even if that means some technological assistance may be needed to increase safety.

No matter which idea you lean towards, the fact of the matter is that advancements in vehicle technology are already here and they are going to stay. Some of these features will even evolve with every mile traveled.

Current Apps and Features That Help You Stay Safe and Smart

You are addicted to your smartphone and this fact has not gone unnoticed by vehicle manufacturers, who are beginning to install technology to link your phone to your car to make the driving experience more convenient, more efficient, more secure, and more fun. The following is a sampling of phone apps and vehicle technology that merge your phone with your car:

  • Android Auto. Android Auto uses your recent Google searches to suggest and map potential destinations. For instance, if you recently searched for current concert times around Bellevue, your car may suggest routes to take you to the Meydenbauer Center for Performing Arts.
  • Apple Carplay. Apple Carplay automatically integrates your iPhone’s Siri app into the car’s microphone, allowing you to make calls, text, and ask questions using voice commands rather than needing to pick up your phone.
  • Audi MMI. Audi MMI links to your phone and uses photos to navigate the driver to wherever the photo was taken (as long as the photo is tagged with a GPS location). For example, a friend can send you a photo of a cocktail that she tagged with 520 Bar and Grill, the MMI will navigate you toward Main St.
  • Ford Sync. Ford Sync allows drivers to link their phone’s apps directly to the car’s systems. For example, you’ll be able to listen to Pandora through your car’s speakers, or see the directions from your Google Maps app on the console screen.

While these features offer convenience to drivers, many safety studies have shown that drivers are distracted by technology in their cars and may cause accidents because of it. If you suspect the driver who caused your injuries was distracted by the bells and whistles in his car, you will need experienced representation to prove it. Call the Andrew Kim Law Firm at 800.636.3676.

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