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Driving Technology

Here we are in 2015, there’s no “Jetson” flying cars, no “Knight Rider” Kit cars available for us to make driving more exciting or safer. When I was younger I was sure that by the time I became an adult I would have if not both at least one of the two. Unfortunately that has not happened.

Even though, we are not in flying automobiles or Kit like cars, there are strides in technology to give us a few of those features in our cars today. Every year there are new cars released with awesome features to make us all hopeful of the future for technology, and transportation.

Many people believe that GPS was sent down from the heavens to provide everyday drivers with the ability to get from one destination to the next without getting lost. In reality GPS was created to help the military and intelligence agencies during the Cold War in the ’60s. Now GPS is readily available to the public. Garmin, Tom Tom, and Magellan to name a few have made traveling easy for people. No more sitting with your partner being lost, because they don’t want to ask for directions. These systems have eliminated that problem.

OnStar systems were introduced in GM vehicles in 1996. They have been making improvements to the system over the years. It was quite impressive with its many features. From the one-touch emergency button, the ability to enjoy your cell phone calls without the risk of causing an accident, and the OnStar button that send you to an operator to provide a service for you such as, road side assistance, emergency services, automatic crash response, and stolen automobile assistance.

Bluetooth technology has become a feature in automobiles that comes in handy in many ways. With Bluetooth capabilities you are able to use your phone while driving safely, receive text messages and have them read through your speaker system. Also, with Bluetooth you can stream music, and use the cars audio system to hear GPS instructions. Bluetooth is an awesome feature to have when thinking of how important communication is now in everyone’s life.

In 2013 it was rumored that GM was going to add Wi-Fi hotspots into vehicles by 2014.

“General Motors announced that in 2015 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles will be available with a 4G LTE mobile broadband connection. GM says that the data connection could be used to provide Wi-Fi Internet connectivity or video streaming in models equipped with a back seat entertainment system(2015 GM Vehicles Will Get Wi-Fi Internet Access).”

Our transportation may not be as advanced as we would like, or even as we would have imagined but technology has influenced vehicle manufacturers. In China Volkswagon is working on making a round car that hovers. We are not that far away from flying cars. It appears that car designers are using the imaginary black talking 1982 Pontiac Trans-Am as a prototype. Cars are parking themselves, have built in navigation systems, satellite radios, and Bluetooth technology. I have been patient thus far, I am sure I can wait a little longer how about you? Can you?

photo credit hybridcars.com

Summary
Here we are in 2015, there's no "Jetson" flying cars, no "Knight Rider" Kit cars available for us to make driving more exciting or safer. When I was younger I was sure that by the time I became an adult I would have if not both at least one of the two. Unfortunately that has not…