UK Car Consumers

The Best In-Car Technology

The way that we expect our cars to keep us entertained when we’re out and about on the road has certainly changed a lot over the last few years. A few decades ago, most people were happy to discover that their car had a radio that worked. Nowadays, people expect their Bluetooth technology, entertainment screens and sat nav to have kicked in even before they put the key in the ignition (if indeed, they still have to do that). In this article, we’ll explore a few of the things that you should be looking out for when it comes to the best in-car technology, ready for when you next decide to upgrade your vehicle.


Phone distractions are a huge problem for drivers. Now that we all carry around small devices that keep us connected to the rest of the world at any time, it can be all too tempting to sneak a glance at our smartphones to see what’s going on in the outside world. The accidents that can be caused by using a mobile phone when driving are horrific, although thankfully companies like are there to help pick up the pieces when the worst does happen.

Many mobile phones will now put themselves into driving mode when they detect they’re being used in a moving vehicle in an attempt to avoid this type of distraction. Cars will also stop accepting input into any touchscreen devices if they detect that only the driver’s seat is occupied. These changes may seem minor, but any small nudge that can convince people to alter their behaviour has the potential to save dozens of lives on the road every year.

Thankfully, once the safety concerns are out of the way, there are all sorts of exciting things that you can use your mobile phone for in the car. For example, new technology like CarPlay means that you can control your phone using the Sat Nav screen already installed in your vehicle. This means that your phone can be your radio, navigation device, video player and jukebox all without the need to plug it in. Even if your car doesn’t support this type of technology, you may well find that the Bluetooth interface is able to do a lot of this work without any further input.

Of course, the exciting upcoming innovation in the world of motoring at the moment is the promise of self-driving cars. These will finally make it entirely safe for car users to kick back and relax, using their phones and other devices to their heart’s content, while somebody else, (in this case a computer), takes care of making sure that they arrive at their destination in comfort and safety.