The Automobile is Going Digital
With the growing need for cars to become more environmentally friendly, and safer to drive the need for more computer control has become evident, and therefore the trend has given way to a more and more electronic car over the years.
I personally don’t know if this is a good thing, or a bad thing, the more gadgets you add to your car, the more likely it’s going to break down, but by the same token, along with this trend cars have also gotten a lot more comfortable to be in.
With the addition of LCD TV’S, and high end stereo equipment right from the factory, it’s more like being at home while your driving your car, you can even hook up you game console to the TV in your car, and the rear view back up camera had defiantly helped put with the safety side of things.
The computerized engine management systems have mad it possible to get more power, and reliability out of your engine, without making a bunch of non-factory modifications to it and killing your warranty, and they are doing more with it all of the time.
The safety features have multiplied over the years due to the electronic systems, with ideas like traction control being implemented, and roll control to help keep you car on all four wheel even through the worst events, it has been changing the face of the automotive world.
Most of the safety stuff you’d never see or feel, but the traction control is one thing that you can test out, try turning it off on a snow covered road, and you’ll learn really quickly what it’s all about, it it truly one of the bast tings that the digital age has done for cars.
With GPS becoming more popular all of the time most car are available with it these days, it to has more then one purpose, consider GM’s onstar technology, they can locate you after you car has been in an accident, not to mention after it has been stolen.
With the addition of ABS brake systems, and air hags cars have become a lot more safe to be in, and they are constantly working to make these features better, over time the computer age has done a lot for car, and most likely will continue to do so.
As Americans we love our cars, and most of us love all of the cool electronic gadgets the the digital age has given to them, but all of this does come at a price, and that price is a higher price tag, along with the high likelihood that one, or another of these systems will break at some point in time.
Believe me I love the gadgets as much as the next guy, but I’m prepared for them to make my car need a repair here and there, I know that it will happen at some point during the life of my car, the comfort and security that these gadgets offer is really worth the extra repair work that may come with it.