Drivers want new technological features in vehicles

April 29, 2013 12:00 AM

The state-of-the-art features that an automobile comes equipped with can drastically impact a decision about buying a car. According to the 2013 U.S. Automotive Emerging Technologies Study, released by J.D. Power and Associates, there are a few technologies that drivers definitely want to see included in their next vehicle. 

Among the most popular inclusions are an application link for smartphones and mobile devices, which 82 percent of people would like to see in automobiles, and a fuel economy indicator, which 72 percent of drivers would spring for. Other top tools include a natural language voice activation system, wireless connectivity, a surround-view camera system and next-generation displays. 

"Automakers have an important opportunity to gain a competitive advantage by working side by side with smartphone and application developers to provide a seamless smartphone experience for in-vehicle control of GPS/mapping, music, weather, search tools, travel and more," said Mike VanNieuwkuyk of J.D. Power and Associates. "These connections to smartphone applications need to be robust, affordable and simple to access and use in a vehicle environment." 

The most desired features deal with technology and the environment, and drivers who want these services may have to open their wallets for them. Not only do many of these qualities cost more initially, but they may also require more advanced auto repair later on.

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