In the first cars, you had to pull out a hand crank just to get them started. Air conditioning was a dream of the distant feature, and radios took up much more room than today’s smartphone. We have come a long way since those days, and that’s got us asking: What’s next?
We've still got a while to wait before the road is filled with self-driving cars, so what innovations will come between now and then? Well, the newest features have been revealed. Which of these do you wish that your car could have?
Remote lock/unlock features are more or less standard nowadays, and power doors and trunks are becoming more and more popular in newer models of some cars. The feature that is still somewhat rare is the remote start option. This feature is especially handy if you want to start cooling off (or warming up) your car without leaving the comfort of your home. Just remember to never start a car in a closed garage for fear of carbon monoxide buildup.
You’re no doubt familiar with cars that have heaters built into the seats. This comes in handy in the winter. Unfortunately, there was no similar feature for the hot summer months – until now. In some new cars you can opt for ventilated seats. They will keep you cooler, leaving you the option to save some energy and turn your car’s air conditioner down.
Yes, you read that correctly. There is a Rolls-Royce that comes with full-sized golf umbrellas built in to each front door. That way you (or your chauffeur) can stay dry if it begins to rain. They also thought of everything when they added this luxury car feature – the umbrella slots drain onto the pavement below, so you can put a wet umbrella away without worrying about having your car smell of mildew.
When transporting several people, it’s usually those that draw the short straw that end up sitting in the backseat. This may soon no longer be the case, with some cars having new “executive” backseats. A favorite among those people wealthy enough to employ a chauffeur, these cars boast several extra inches of legroom in the back, and (in some cases) a center console and separate air conditioning control in the back.
Honda thinks that you’re always entitled to luxury car features – even in a minivan! In some of their 2014 Odyssey models, they offer HondaVac, a vacuum built into the backseat, and able to reach every inch of the car. This is, of course, in addition to their top of the line, kid-friendly entertainment packages.
Again, heated seats are a norm in most newer cars. Wouldn't it be nice, though, for your driver’s seat to come with massage capabilities? It sure would make a long commute or a road trip a little bit more enjoyable!
If all of these new features have you thinking about getting yourself a new automobile, remember to call 617-298-0655 and talk to the folks at Vargas and Vargas Insurance Agency. They can tell you how to get your new vehicle (and its luxury car features) a top notch Massachusetts auto insurance policy at the right price.
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