As more and more high-tech features are packed into new cars every year, these gadgets and gizmos quickly filter down into the late-model used car market. Now, when you buy a pre-owned car, you can expect to get a lot more for your money in terms of advanced features. Let’s take a look at some of the new technologies that might be available on used cars in 2016.
Hands-free driving — Autonomous cars have been a hot topic in 2015. Expect to hear more about them in 2016. More car makers are quickly adding features that bring cars closer to being able to drive themselves. By the end of 2016, you’ll see some of these features available on cars on the lot: lane-keeping and automatic lane changing, adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitors.
Gesture controls — As more gizmos get added to cars, the dashboard and steering wheel can become cluttered with too many buttons. These can take your attention away from the road, as you try to find the button you want to press. Carmakers are starting to replace all the buttons with gesture controls. These devices use infrared or cameras to let you wave your hand or fingers in an intuitive way to take touch-free control of your car.
Monitoring teen drivers — If you’re buying a used car for a first-time driver, you might be interested in new teen driver safety features. Nosy parents can now get on-screen data reports of everything their kids do when driving, including, speed, distance, whether seat belts are on, where they’ve been and even how loud the volume on the stereo was. You can even set speed limits and proximity limits on some cars.
Mobile apps — A big feature to hit new cars in 2015 was connectivity for smartphones. Many cars now have options to connect your Apple or Android phone to the infotainment system and use your favorite apps on the car’s touchscreen. These indispensible features will begin to become commonplace in the used car market next year.
Open says me — Lots of new cars, especially in the hugely popular crossover segment, have hands-free functions to open doors or the tailgate/trunk. These can use the car’s remote control keyfob, but more commonly you don’t even need to press a button. Simply by waving your foot under the trunk (or even just standing near the trunk or door you want to open with the key fob in your pocket) you can open the car without setting down your load.