EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Every day the average American spends 101 minutes behind the wheel of a car. Over the course of our lifetimes, we’ll cover about 800,000 miles. With so much time spent on the road, it’s no wonder car makers are putting drivers at ease by adding high tech features to vehicles.
So to see them firsthand, we headed over to Dave McDermott Chevrolet to talk to General Manager Kevin Syombathy and take a test drive in a 2015 Chevy Tahoe. “It’s all the latest and greatest, and the best thing about it is most of it is hands-free,” Syombathy explained.
First, your smart phone is synced to your vehicle through Bluetooth. “Once you’re in and connected, one touch of the steering wheel button and your voice commands through anything your phone would do,” Syombathy demonstrated.
Everything can also be controlled through a touch screen — the hub of the vehicle. “It’s basically like an iPad or your phone,” Syombathy said. “From the home screen you can go to any app you downloaded in the vehicle.”
The Tahoe comes equipped with Wi-Fi. From traffic to the weather, your car can tell you just about anything you need to know, and it will play just about anything you want to hear. “You have AM, FM, you have Pandora,” Kevin explained. “If your iPhone has music, you don’t even have to plug it in. That will all come up through the Bluetooth.”
Through Bluetooth, even text messages can be read hands-free. “Siri will read it through the car speakers just by a couple hand controls on your steering wheel,” Syombathy said. You can connect up to six devices at once, and there are enough USB ports to keep everyone happy. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
When it comes to safety, this vehicle keeps an eye on your every move. “If you’re driving and the yellow line is in the center and you go over it, the left side of your seat will shake or wake you up if you’re sleeping,” Syombathy explained.
And if the car in front of you stops… “It will actually apply the breaks for you with a light in the dash and your seat shaking,” Syombathy said.
Backup cameras also guide the driver. “As you turn your wheel, the guides turn with you to show you where you’ll be going and to make sure you’re not hitting anything or anyone,” Syombathy explained.
Even from outside your car, you can check fuel levels, lock and unlock doors, and send directions to your car’s navigation system.
So what’s in store for the future? Only time will tell. Before heading home with a new car, the McDermott sales team walks all car buyers through their vehicle’s new gadgets and gizmos, and every month they host a car technology class.
For more information about Dave McDermott Chevrolet, call 203-285-3855 or log on to http://davemcdermottchevrolet.com.