Vehicles are becoming more and more tech-savvy, usually to make cars more appealing to customers, and sometimes to make the roads safer. The Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA) unveiled a demo Lexus RX350 that is being referred to as the "connected car," which is equipped with a long list of a gadgets for tech-savvy drivers.
The car has built-in 4G and WiFi and an inductive mobile charging unit. The car also allows for gesture-based controls through embedded sensors. By simply waving their hands, drivers can control the music, temperature and seat position. The sensors are also able to detect if the driver is falling asleep and can wake them up with an audible warning. There is also a breathalyzer that will stop drunk drivers from starting the car.
The demo car is able to detect external factors with 360-degree proximity sensors. They can take into account factors like weather conditions and nearby cards and objects. The car also warns drivers when ambulances, fire trucks and police cars are approaching.
The president of APMA, Steve Rodgers, said the demo car signifies "where the automotive industry is headed. It is a collaborative effort, providing a seamless experience, without losing sight of technological innovation, safety and overarching connectivity.