If you love cars, this is an exciting time to be alive. After all, at least a handful of major automakers have promised self-driving cars that the average person can afford by 2020. You don’t have to wait that long for leading-edge automotive tech, however. Here’s a look at six impressive high-tech vehicles that you can buy right now in 2017.
While Tesla is innovating in amazing ways when it comes to electric vehicles, Hyundai is doing something with the Ioniq that’s practical and affordable right now for the average person. The hybrid version can go 27 miles without needing a charge, which is great for running errands around town, and the full-electric version goes 124 miles between charges. It also has all of the safety advancements one would expect from a modern family-oriented vehicle.
BMW 5 Series
The BMW 5 Series needs no introduction, and while you may expect advanced technology from this iconic automaker, you may not realize just how advanced this particular model has become. For instance, it provides predictive information for parking on the street and in parking lots and garages. This car cannot only park itself, it can do it while you’re standing outside using a fob remote. You can even give it remote commands. For example, while it’s parked in a garage, you can access its built-in camera for a 360-degree view. You can do this from home or from anywhere using your smartphone or other mobile device.
There was a time not so long ago when it seemed like American Muscle may just fade away, but the resurgence of the Mustang thanks to Ford is a big reason why that hasn’t happened. More importantly, Ford hasn’t just been bringing it in terms of raw power. The brand has been bringing it on the tech front too. The 2018 model features a 12-inch instrument cluster display that supports gestures, voice commands and a wide range of other sophisticated features. You can even program it simply by using it. It’ll recognize your patterns and remember them. Other highlights include a 10-speed automatic transmission, lane-departure warnings and distance alerts.
The Volvo S90 should not be overlooked. With the S90, Volvo is doing for safety technology what Tesla is doing with the Model S for autonomous driving. Sure, safety isn’t as sexy as self-driving cars, but it’s much more important to those of us who have young ones in the back seat. This car can detect pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. It can brake and lane correct when you’ve a mistake. It even has bending headlights to make seeing around those long, dark curves much easier.
Sierra 1500 Denali
A GMC pickup is a vehicle you might expect as the collateral for a car title loan but certainly not on a list of the most technologically advanced vehicles around. Nevertheless, it is, and it deserves to be here. In fact, the auto industry has been recognizing the high-tech appeal of the Denali since 2014, and that innovation has only gotten broader and more sophisticated since. Some of the highlights include:
- Automatic high-beam headlights
- Wireless charging pads
- Collision warnings
- An audio system with noise cancelling
Tesla Model S P100D
The Tesla Model S made its name by achieving something no other electric car before it had: zero to 60 in under three seconds. The version available in 2017 redefines the semi autonomous passenger car. This Tesla’s impressive autopilot feature is powered by machine-based learning developed by Nvidia. This computer senses thanks to an eight-camera array, a dozen ultrasonic sensors and a forward-facing radar system. Current top speed in auto-mode is just 45 mph, but Tesla hopes to increase that by year’s end.