2014 has seen the launch of a number of innovative new automotive technologies, and 2015 promises to be another watershed year.
The redesigned 2015 Mustang takes safety to a new level with the introduction of Ford’s Sync 911 Assist system. In the event of an accident, the optional Sync 911 Assist system automatically notifies local authorities of the event and captures important information, including the speed the vehicle was traveling when the incident occurred, whether the driver and passengers were wearing their seatbelts, and whether or not the airbags deployed on impact.
The 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 combines the toughness of a true work truck with the convenience of a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot that provides download speeds of up to 12Mbps. The Silverado 1500 is available in a four-door version and a miserly V6 engine that gets an estimated 24 miles per gallon.
Tired of phone charging cables cluttering up your car? The 2015 Toyota Camry features a wireless charging tray that uses the Qi wireless spec that’s compatible with a number of popular smart phones, including Google’s Nexus 6. An optional Vu-Mate charging card insert can be used to charge non-compatible smart phones like the entire Samsung Galaxy line.
With a base sticker price of just $16k, Mazda’s 2015 Mazda3 features the innovative pop-up head-up display commonly found in vehicles costing thousands of dollars more. The dash-mounted screen displays your current speed and cruise control settings, driving directions and lane departure warnings, and retracts from view when not in use.
The 2015 Kia Sedona SX-L takes the popular foot activated liftgate opening technology introduced on the Ford Escape to new levels of technological sophistication and convenience. Kia’s Smart Power Liftgate system actually senses when you approach the minivan’s rear liftgate with the transmitter / key fob, and automatically raises it for you – no button pushing or fancy footwork required.
Dodge’s new Performance Pages technology will appeal to aspiring race drivers and obsessive record keepers. The interface, which is available in both the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT and 2015 Dodge Hellcat captures and displays a wide range of performance data, including your 0 to 60 acceleration time, G-force data and skid distances after the brake is applied. An auxiliary display, positioned above the steering wheel allows you to monitor the data without having to take your eyes completely away from the road.