There are so many high tech options these days for cars. Whether you’re looking to buy a new vehicle, or you want to find affordable ways to personalize the one you have now, here you’ll discover the best car tech for 2022.
Jane Clauss, host of YurView’s Creative Living show met with Autotrader’s Executive Editor, Brian Moody, to get the 411 on the latest automotive technologies. Watch the interview above, or read the full transcription below (lightly edited for clarity).
Jane Clauss, Host of Creative Living (00:02) – Today’s cars come with a lot of high tech options, and we’re not talking about CD players. Here to give us all the information on the latest technology is Autotrader’s Executive Editor, Bryan Moody. Hey, Brian.
Brian Moody, Executive Editor of Autotrader (00:15) – Hey, thanks for having me. I wish there were CD players because I have some sweet mixed discs that are not getting used right now.
JC (00:21) – I’m sure you can figure out a way to put a CD player in your car, Brian. Tell us about some of the best new automotive technologies for 2022.
BM (00:34) – So there are several to look at. First, lots of compelling safety features. And most of those come with new cars. There’s also an abundance of either available now or upcoming electric pickup trucks. Also, there’s a car called the Lucid Air, which looks like it’s going to beat Tesla at their own game. It’s really slick looking, long range, high horsepower. Of course, it’s expensive. But then there’s also a little more affordable things ways to kind of personalize your car.
LED Lights & Polestar
BM (01:03) – There are LED lights that you can use on your classic car. So if you want to update the lighting on your old car, you can do that. And there’s also Android OS, which is like an operating system for cars. So imagine if Android or Apple or whoever you want to see it, really created the entire ecosystem for the in-car interface. And Android has done that for a manufacturer called Polestar. So those are some of the things that we’re looking forward to in the upcoming year that are kind of cool and high tech.
JC (01:38) – Safety is always a big concern, so what type of safety features should consumers be looking for?
BM (01:44) – So almost every car, of course it was mandated new cars have rear backup cameras…that’s just the beginning. But really the way the technology is going is toward blind spot monitoring. So that will give you a little flash, if there’s a car in your blind spot. Or it might have a sound. Some cars actually have blind spot prevention which means if you go to turn into a lane where there’s a car there, your car, the software, the cameras all work together to not let you turn into that lane.
JC (02:14) – Now, CES is a big show and is right around the corner. So what are some of the top auto tech trends that you’re hoping to see?
BM (02:21) – I think there’s gonna be a lot more in terms of safety. I think that we really haven’t even scratched the surface in terms of what safety features can be offered. And that’s going to come largely at, let’s say driver assist feature. So a lot of times people refer to this as autonomous driving or autonomous cars. That’s not really the right way to say it. I mean, a truly autonomous car would be one where you would say…Hey, let’s go to work. And the car would say…I rather to go to the beach. That’s autonomous. That’s autonomy. But there’s going to be a lot of automated features such as automated steering, lane changing, braking and those types of things I think we’ll see at CES. And also the personalization thing, not just inside the car, but a ways of personalizing the hardware, maybe the wheels or the hard points or paint.
JC (03:08) – Brian, thank you so much for joining us today. And if you’d like more information on new auto tech trends, just head to Autotrader’s website.
Brian Moody is also a monthly contributor to YurView’s Creative Living show, airing Sundays at 8:30pm, Mondays at 7:30pm, Thursdays at 8pm and Saturdays at 10pm.