What exactly puts that smile on our faces when we first sit down in our vehicles, could it be knowing that we will get where we need to go with all of the top of the line safety features that are now offered in modern day vehicles, or is it possibly just the little things that make our lives, and driving experiences that much easier and relaxing!?
How Technology has Changed! Vehicles have progressed rapidly over the last 10 years, making driving nearly effortless! Almost everything in our modern day cars requires us to only push a button, or even speak to our vehicles in which they follow our commands! For example; Ten years ago, having a navigation system in your car cost $2,500. Instead, most drivers relied on printable directions from sources such as MapQuest to get from point A to point B. Today, the majority of new cars have a navigation system—usually a touch screen—that comes standard. A report by Berg Insight Research showed that roughly 155 million vehicles on the road today have in-dash navigation systems.
Another big factor in cars in safety! Guess how many airbags a car commonly has today. Probably around four, right? Most cars have at least this amount, while some have upwards of 10 airbags built around the vehicle. Around 10 years ago, the majority of cars had, at most, two front airbags. And now, cars also have accident avoidance features such as collision warning systems, blind spot warning, and alert sensors. Some cars are even prototyping exterior airbags to prevent collision damage!
How fuel Efficiency Matters! The average price of gas 10 years ago was $1.78 per gallon, so having a car with a high mpg rating wasn’t that important. Throughout the last decade, however, we’ve seen gas prices skyrocket to upwards of $4 per gallon. Because of that increase, more and more fuel-efficient models have hit the market. Hybrids, electric cars, and cars with the highest mpg ratings are in demand. Fuel efficiency today is one the top priorities for automotive manufacturers.
Approximately 58,000 more cars on the road today than there were 10 years ago. More and more people are turning to cars over public transportation for their traveling needs. The auto industry keeps pumping out awesome new features and advancements in vehicles to keep consumers’ interest levels high and keep people on the road. This has lead to the installation of safety cameras, headset TVs, steering wheel gearshift paddles and night vision with pedestrian detection capabilities. These advancements that keep people on the road are also the reason why we have higher safety standards than 10 years ago: More cars means more accidents.
It’s important for aspiring automotive technicians to know about these changes because 10 years from now, we may see an even greater difference between cars now and cars then. Staying on top of these trends and changes will allow you to continue to succeed in the automotive technical field!
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