Popular Science magazine is out with its top auto tech of the year. It’s a list of cool innovations that will transform your ride in the year’s to come. Here’s our pick from the list.
BMW 2016 7 SERIES
We start with the BMW 2016 7 Series. It’s right up there on the list of best tech innovations because it has the world’s first-ever gesture control in a car. That’s right, you can control tech with a swish of your hand in this thing. BMW just unveiled the tech’d up sedan in October. Basically, you can gesture using your hand to answer calls, use navigation and deal with the radio.
If that’s not enough to impress, BMW also took 190 pounds off the car’s weight by using carbon fiber in the chassis. The revolutionary lightweight Carbon Core creates a lower center of gravity to improve agility, while a 445-hp V8 TwinPower Turbo engine powers this beast from 0-60 in only 4.3 seconds.
Oh and it has quite a key fob, too. It not only looks cool, but it’s a remote control. As in, it’ll park your car for you. The autonomous parking system allows the driver to move the car forwards into or in reverse out of a parking space while standing outside.
CADILLAC HI-DEF REAR VIEW CAMERA
Cadillac’s tech claim to fame in 2015 is a rear view camera mirror in the CT6. It’s not an ordinary camera though. It’s the first high-def camera in a vehicle and Cadillac says can improve field of vision by 300 percent.
The camera captures a live stream from the car’s rear. Then with the flick of a switch, drivers can convert it into an HD display. The smart mirror can enhance low-light scenes, manage brightness, and minimize glare. The camera also gets a water-shedding hydrophobic coating to keep it clean regardless of driving conditions.
The new high tech mirror will be an option on the CT6 when it goes on sale in the first half of 2016. It will also be available with the new Cadillac XT5 crossover.
SAFEST CAR ON THE ROAD
Popular Science is giving dibs to the Volvo XC90 for being the safest car on the road. And we have to say, we agree. (Check out our Volvo XC90 review here.)
The XC90 is all-new for 2016. It’s packed with all the safety tech you could want, including radar, cameras, and lane-drifting sensors. The car will alert a distracted driver to pay attention, warn if you’re about to strike another vehicle, and even take control to prevent a crash.
The seat belts will also tighten if the car detects it’s running off the road. The list of safety features goes on, you can read more about them here.
Check out Popular Science Magazine’s entire list of tech innovations here.