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Many people look at a car as the thing that helps them get from A to B. Others look at it as a status symbol and need to have the most up-to-date model with all the crazy tech. But some of that car tech can be so bizarre that it’s worth noting a few.
Realistically, don’t we need our cars to get us from A to B with a little bit of comfort and the ability to play our favourite podcasts? If that’s not enough for you, here are some of the strangest pieces of car tech that actually exist:
1. In-car gaming system
Elon Musk claimed in January 2020 that you’d soon be able to play video games in the Tesla Model S, and it seems as though the rollout is already underway.
Not only will you be able to play video games, but the system is going to be pretty powerful with AMD confirming during its Computex 2021 keynote presentation they’re going to be powering the system, which will provide up to 10 teraflops of power – almost as good as the PS5, which offers 10.28 teraflops.
You can already watch Netflix and YouTube in Teslas, which makes for good fun if you’re stuck charging away from home. So, it kind of makes sense as to why Musk is also including gaming.
2. Water-repellent windows
While it doesn’t seem all that hard to turn your window wipers on, Kia has created water-repellent windows so that water simply glides off without you needing to do a thing. The technical term is ‘hydrophobic’, and it can repel snow and rain. Not only that, it reduces staining and buildup of hard or dirty water.
Kia began selling its Cadenza and the K900 models with the option of hydrophobic glass in 2016, but you can also get hydrophobic coatings from specialty glass shops if you’re keen on getting it on your current car.
3. Zero-gravity seats
Nissan has created zero-gravity seats that enhance comfort and reduce fatigue in drivers. Unsurprisingly, they’re inspired by the zero-gravity environment astronauts get to experience while in space.
Astronauts don’t feel any pressure on their bodies when they’re up in space, which allows them to completely relax (if they can get over the whole being-in-space aspect). Nissan wanted to replicate the experience as much as possible to reduce pressure in key areas, thus creating some very comfortable car seats.
4. Traffic light assist
If you’ve ever been desperate to know exactly when a traffic light was going to change, Audi has you covered. The car company gives you a heads up when the traffic light is about to turn green, by tapping into the light network and using that data along with vehicle speed and traffic patterns to predict when the traffic light will change. Pretty crazy, right?
Audi drivers also see what speed is required to reach the next traffic light while it’s green. If it’s not possible within the speed limit, it will count them down to the next green light. This tech helps drivers catch that ‘green wave’ and hopefully stop at fewer red lights.
5. Built-in vacuum
This one would honestly be great for parents. If you buy the most teched-out Honda Odyssey you’ll get to enjoy the HondaVAC built-in vacuum cleaner. And, what makes this even better, is that the hose is long enough to reach every nook and cranny of the car. Genius.
A little reminder that if you’ve got any of these weird pieces of tech in your car (or even if you don’t), you’re going to want to make sure you’re protected with the right insurance. Chat to GIO, experts in insurance, about how your car can be covered, so you can have peace of mind knowing your car is in good hands.
If you’re buying a new car with these fancy features, you won’t be able to drive out of the dealership unless you’ve got your Compulsory Third Party insurance (CTP). All drivers registering their vehicles in New South Wales are required by law to have a CTP insurance policy, also known as a CTP Green Slip. This insurance provides cover for people injured caused by your vehicle in an accident, so it’s pretty important to brush up on what’s available to you and your new wheels.
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