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A lot of people see a car as the thing that helps them get from A to B. Others see it as a status symbol and need to have the most up to date model with all the crazy tech. But some of these auto tech can be so bizarre that it’s worth noting a few.
Realistically, don’t we need our cars to get from point A to point B with a bit of comfort and the ability to play our favorite podcasts? If that’s not enough for you, here are some of the weirdest automotive tech that actually exists:
1. On-board game system
Elon Musk claimed in January 2020 that you will soon be able to play video games in the Tesla Model S, and it looks like the deployment is already in progress.
Not only will you be able to play video games, but the system will be quite powerful with the confirmation by AMD during its Main presentation of Computex 2021 they’re going to power the system, which will deliver 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 is great fun if you’re stuck charging away from home. So it makes sense to know why Musk includes games as well.
2. Water-repellent windows
While it doesn’t seem that hard to turn on your wipers, Kia has created water-repellent windows so that the water simply slides off without you needing to do anything. The technical term is “hydrophobic,” and it can repel snow and rain. Not only that, it reduces stains and hard or dirty water buildup.
Kia started selling its Cadenza and K900 models with the hydrophobic glass option in 2016, but you can also get hydrophobic coatings at specialty glass stores if you want to get it on your current car.
3. Weightless seats
Nissan has created gravity-free seats that improve comfort and reduce driver fatigue. Unsurprisingly, they are inspired by the weightless environment that astronauts can experience while in space.
Astronauts don’t feel any pressure on their bodies while in space, allowing 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 very comfortable car seats.
4. Traffic light assistance
If you’ve ever despaired of knowing exactly when a traffic light is going to change, Audi has got you covered. The automaker alerts you when the traffic light is about to turn green, by harnessing the light grid 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 is green. If this is not possible within the speed limit, it will count them down until the next green light. This technology is helping drivers catch that “green wave” and hopefully stop at fewer red lights.
5. Integrated vacuum cleaner
This one would be really great for parents. If you buy the most sophisticated Honda Odyssey, you will benefit from the HondaVAC built-in vacuum. And, what makes it even better is that the hose is long enough to reach every nook and cranny of the car. Genius.
A quick reminder that if you have any of these weird tech stuff in your car (or even if you don’t), you’ll want to make sure you’re protected with the right insurance. Talk to GIO, insurance expert, about the way which your car can be covered, so you can have peace of mind knowing that your car is in good hands.
If you buy a new car with these fancy features, you won’t be able to get out of the dealership unless you have 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 CTP Green Slip. This insurance covers people injured caused by your vehicle in an accident, so it is quite important to review what is available to you and your new wheels.
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