As we approach the end of 2017 and draw ever closer to the end of the 2010s as a whole, it

seems like car technology is advancing at a rate it never has before. Cars Are becoming safer, more and more packed with time and effort saving technology and better for the environment than we might have imagined possible even just a few years ago at the beginning of the decade.

Unfortunately, there are still plenty of car trends to groan about, many of which we’d all be glad to see the back of next year. Here are some of the most annoying:

 

Drab Colors

 

Okay, so this one isn’t really a biggie, but it seems like, in the past few years, as cars have gotten technically better, they’ve also lost their personalities. Whereas in the 80s, we had cars in every color of the rainbow imaginable, now most of the vehicles on the road appear to be varying shades of black, gray and white. The good news, if you hate this trend for drab cars, is that things seem to be changing with even  cheap car hire, who would traditionally have been a sea of black and gray, now offering more colorful options, and with the abundance of vinyl wrapping and paints that make brightening up the car easier, now becoming available. It can’t come soon enough because we were starting to die of boredom!

 

Pointless Automation

 

There’s no denying that automation has a bright future in the automobile industry, but its future lies in fully automated self-driving cars,  not annoying beeping safety sensors, clunky self-braking, and adjustment systems and vibrating steering wheels that are more of a nuisance than anything else. Hopefully, car manufacturers will concentrate on creating totally self-driving aspect and, in the meantime,  leave the pointless automation out of the average vehicle.

 

Button-Based Interfaces

 

There is no excuse for new vehicles having clunky, inefficient button-based interfaces when the 21st Century s all about the touchscreen and the technology isn’t exactly difficult to implement. Whether it’s the buttons to control your radio, the HVAC system or your hands-free, it makes sense to have a touchscreen which is more streamlined and easy to use. Really, what are manufacturers who still use old-school interfaces thinking of?

 

Their Own Software

 

Obviously, cars may need to have their own software for some aspects of operation, but when it comes to things like playing the music from your phone through your car speakers, for example, competing software is surplus flows and, I’m, sure you’ll agree, very annoying. Car companies should be making it very simple for us all to sync our iPhone and Android devices with our cars and using their own software, which requires additional downloads and setup is not the way to do this. This is one minor, but very annoying trend that needs to be killed off asap.

 

Crossover Vehicles

 

I’m sure many of you will disagree, but to my mind, crossover vehicles like the Toyota RAV4 are boring, bland and unnecessary. Their popularity, like the popularity of drably colored cars, are contributing to duller roads and less interesting driving experiences.

 

What car trends would you like to see dead in the water come 2018?

Technology and motoring have, in recent years, married perfectly together to create huge boom in cars that are upgraded to the max. It can be very expensive to buy a new car perfectly kitted out with all the latest gadgets. Thankfully, you no longer have to do that. So many manufacturers and companies out there are developing gadgets to mix up the features your car has.

So, it’s for this reason that we’ve put together a list of the best gadget upgrades your car can have so that you are driving toward the latest and greatest trends. Avoid being stuck in the past with your vehicle and check out these upgrades today:

  • Alexa. You’ve seen the adverts, you’ve read the news: Amazon’s Alexa is now car compatible. This dock plugs into your car so you can control it with just your voice. Ask directions, start the music from your favourite bands and simply ask the nearest restaurants; Alexa has the answers on the go with you!
  • Bluetooth. A feature of phones for many years, Bluetooth and iClever can now allow you to connect your phone to your car. A magnetic disk to mount your phone on can also be bought, helping you to answer your phone without breaking the law or getting too distracted as you drive.

Scanners. If you’ve not heard of them, you really need to take a look at which OBD2 scanner to choose for your car! These nifty gadgets can help you to figure out what is wrong with your car when that annoying warning light pops on the dashboard.

  • SatNav. It’s an oldie but a goody; satnav units have been around for a while but are constantly being upgraded with the latest and greatest information about the world around you. Most people deal with GPS on their phones, but a separate satnav can be a better option for your vehicle, especially on a road trip.
  • DashCam. You’ve seen the police chase shows, but don’t worry, we aren’t inferring you’ll be in a road chase any time soon. A DashCam has so many uses and backing you up in the case of an accident can mean a DashCam can give you extra insurance in case anything happens on the road.
  • Car Finder. You know when you head to the parking lot and have no idea where you last parked up? It’s actually a problem for a lot of people. Thankfully, you can buy these car locators on Amazon and be able to find your car in a moment!
  • Car Bin. There’s nothing worse than trying to drive in a car cluttered with wrappers and empty bottles. This handy little car bin is perfect as a way to organize your vehicle and keep things tidy. Technological? Nope, but definitely handy!

Your car is somewhere you should feel safe and keeping it looked after is going to make such a difference to your driving experience. You can upgrade your car without spending thousands on a new one, so go for it!

The automotive industry is one of those areas which is always improving and always finding new ways to do old things. Anyone who is interested in finding a good car will do well to pay attention to some of the ongoing trends which you can find in the industry. Some of them are much more obvious or overt than others, and some more subtle, but they all have their place to play, and it is worth keeping an eye on them. In this post, we are going to look at some of the car trends that you might want to look out for over the next year or so. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting.

Turbocharge

 

Although already a well-established facet of car design, it seems as though there is something of an increasing willingness to turbocharge vehicles. Part of the way this is changing means that many vehicles are now being turbocharged which would never have received this treatment in the past. This is something to definitely watch out for, as it ultimately means more and more powerful cars within a shorter and shorter frame of time. If you enjoy a speedy car at a reasonable price, then you should probably welcome this changing approach towards turbocharging everything with open arms.

 

 

Reliability Over Price

 

It is clear that the price of a vehicle is always hugely important, but something else which always needs consideration for many car owners is the reliability of the vehicle. This is harder to pin down very often, but it is very important. A change in the way people approach building cars means that reliability is becoming more and more standard and staple, regardless of the price of the vehicle in the last analysis. This is ultimately great news for all drivers: fewer journeys to the auto repair shop, and a much safer ride all round, no matter the vehicle you are driving.

 

 

Integrated Tech

 

More and more, car companies are installing different kinds of technology into their vehicles, often making the experience markedly different to how it might have been previously. If you are keen on this kind of approach, then you probably have plenty to look forward to in the next year or two, as the integration of smartphones and other mobile devices begins to play more of a central role amongst a variety of car developers across the world. The exact ways in which this will show is not yet entirely clear, but you can bet that there are going to be some interesting combinations of device and vehicle.

 

 

Go Sports


Finally, be prepared for more and more sportscar-type vehicles becoming available at more modest price ranges. This is great news for real motorheads, who always love the opportunity to drive something a little fancy. It is mostly a design change which will implement this, but that should be good enough if you just want to look good on the road. From now on, it’s sports all the way!