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NORTHERN OUTLOOK, FEBRUARY 9, 2013
Rangiora & Kaiapoi Toyota
RANGIORA: Percival Street. Phone 03 313 8186. www.rangiora.toyota.co.nz
KAIAPOI: 86 Willimas Street. Phone 03 327 9005. www.kaiapoi.toyota.co.nz
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Ph 314 8377
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• Chassis straightening
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Panel Beating • Spray Painting
Vehicle technology amazes
State-of-the-art: Modern cars are incorporating a range of driver aids never
dreamed about 40 years ago and improvements are still happening.
By JEFF LILLY
On the horizon are driver aids
such as traffic jam assistance,
night assistance thermal
imaging, intersection assistance
and traffic light location.
Maybe I am showing my age but
when I think about new vehicle
technology I remember my first car
-- a 1958 Morris 1000 ('Morrie Thou').
No fancy electronics there and so
much space around the motor you
could just about climb in.
Our farm worker and I put a new
short block in, just following a
manual, and it went like a dream
(but a boy racer's nightmare)!
Nowaday cars are complex beasts.
Some day soon few drivers will
have to worry about car crashes and
collisions, whether on congested
roads or on empty highways.
Even now, drivers are benefiting
from antilock brakes, electronic
stability control, air bags, navigation
equipment, cruise control and even
There are innovations such as lane
departure warnings, driver fatigue
alerts, automatic braking, adaptive
headlights and traffic sign detection.
On the horizon are driver aids
such as traffic jam assistance, night
assistance thermal imaging,
intersection assistance and traffic
The recent Consumer Electronics
Show in Las Vegas showed that
Android or iPhone, it doesn't matter;
the car of the near future will enable
mobile devices to double as car keys
and to alert drivers if their vehicles
have been hit while parked.
And that's just the start.
Among other tasks, phones soon
will be used to verify that the driver
is, in fact, the car's owner.
They'll even be able to prove a
driver's safe driving record to
insurance companies and coach
sports-car owners on setting up a
It's called the connected car.
And if you thought it was neat
just to be able to talk hands-free via
Bluetooth, that's only the beginning.
Some of the world's largest
automakers demonstrated different
strategies for leveraging cellphone
services and making them accessible
through vehicle dashboards,
steering wheels and navigation
In select 2014 model-year
vehicles, General Motors will allow
drivers to update their cars with
manufacturer-approved apps as
they become available.
Those US automakers announced
programmes that will allow software
developers to access the
manufacturers' vehicle frameworks
and accelerate the integration of
new apps with their cars' controls,
using voice recognition, display
screens, buttons and microphones.
It all sounds so ''distant'' doesn't
it, but when I think of my 'Morrie
Thou' I just know it will all eventually
arrive on our shores.
''We don't have a great deal of
warning,'' says Mike Chapman,
manager of Toyota Rangiora.
''It is hard to predict when the
next piece of technology will arrive.
In the meantime, as we are in a
predominantly rural area, people are
''One of our biggest sellers, for
example, is our Hilux.''
However, despite the
improvements made since my
Morris 1000 I still wonder if we will
ever see cars that actually drive
themselves in North Canterbury.
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