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3 Best New Car Features of 2018

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It’s incredible to see how far cars have come since their invention in 1886. We saw the first significant advancement with Henry Ford’s assembly line in the early 1900s, and now, a mere century later, flying cars are less fantasy and more imminent reality.

The conveniences brought forth by advancements in technology and design are apparent when perusing, with 2018 offering many new and exciting features. Here are the three best new car features on the market this year.

Hands-free liftgate

The trunk of your vehicle is meant as a storage system for transporting your goods as you drive from point A to point B. As such, you often end up with hands full of goods to store and no way to open your trunk. The automatic trunk opener on most key fobs was a leap in the right direction to offset this problem. The hands-free liftgate feature takes that solution to new heights.

With the hands-free liftgate, you can open your trunk with your foot (without any incredible feats of acrobatics). The sensor underneath the trunk area of your car senses the nearby key fob and allows you to open the trunk by waving your foot near the sensor. So, while you are still required to have a key fob nearby, you don’t have to juggle to press any buttons. This feature graced the market on select models of Toyotas in 2017 but is becoming a 2018 standard feature.

Parking spot finder

Whether you’re trying to find a place to park at the store during the chaotic holiday season or are forced to find parking as an aspect of your morning commute, imagine having technology handle the task for you. Forget driving in circles until something appears– 2018 promises all the assistance you need through apps like Parkmobile.

2018 BMW models are integrated with the Parkmobile app to help drivers find and pay for parking, both on the street and in parking lots. With this feature, drivers can either schedule their regular parking times (for example, when they drive to work in an urban setting) or use their GPS coordinates to find something nearby.

BMW is often an industry leader when it comes to the latest and greatest technology in driving. As a result, we’ll likely see this option (or similar integrations) across the board within the next five years.

Wireless charging

Wireless everything has long been the vision of the future. In the 1990s, families replaced their corded phones with wireless landlines at every chance. Wireless music players led to wireless headphones and so on. Mobile phones, which were once luxury items, are now commonplace. Now, wireless charging for those phones is the gold standard of modern convenience.

While some Android models could charge wirelessly for some time, Apple is now following suit with their later models. GM is meeting these consumer needs by incorporating charging pads into vehicles, replacing the need for USB cords. As we move away from auxiliary cables and into Bluetooth-enabled vehicles becoming more common, the proactive move makes a lot of sense.

In many vehicles, the wireless charging mat is conveniently contained in its own compartment. Users simply remove all other objects from the mat, lay their phone in the correct position, and wait for the charging icon to appear.

At one time, cassette tape players were the gold standard until they were phased out by CD players. New vehicles lack both, opting for USB cord integrations or Bluetooth compatibility. At some point soon, wireless charging will replace the need for cords both in vehicles and at home.

If you’re fortunate enough to have one of the 2018 models of vehicles that have one of these features, enjoy the convenience they bring you. If you aren’t, don’t lose hope: they’ll be in all vehicles soon enough.

This article was contributed by Costea Lestoc.