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Connected Driving 5 min read

Sustainability first: tech’s impact on driving style, stress and CO2

A woman charges her electric vehicle at a charging point.

The EV evolution is transforming the driving experience in ways that might surprise you.

Imagine stepping into your car knowing that the journey will be smooth from the moment you start the engine to when you arrive at your destination. You don’t have to stress about finding the best route or calculating when you have to refuel

It's as if you have a personal navigator, scanning through routes in real-time to dodge traffic jams, guiding you to the nearest available parking and even helping you find a gas (or charging) station exactly when you need it. 

Except that you don’t actually have to imagine it. Thanks to the most recent advancements in automotive technology, the driving experience is more enjoyable and intuitive than ever. We explore how.

ISA Intelligent Speed Assistance sign on highway

Driving innovation

In recent years, the way we drive has changed a lot, mostly powered by advancements in technology. Today, vehicles are equipped with features once considered futuristic, such as autonomous driving capabilities and advanced safety systems. Think intelligent speed assistance (ISA) and drowsiness detection, to highlight a few.

This integration of technology makes driving safer, more convenient and enjoyable. Drivers today can expect a smoother ride, with less effort required for navigation and vehicle control, allowing for a more relaxed and efficient driving experience. This shift toward tech-enhanced driving continues to evolve, promising even greater changes.

A car parked in the driveway of a house, plugged in at a home chargepoint.

EVs over ICE

Electric vehicles (EVs) are changing how we think about driving comfort. They're different from internal combustion cars (ICEs) in a couple of ways. First, EVs are much quieter. Picture driving without the constant hum and vibration of a petrol engine. This quietness means you can easily talk or listen to music without any background noise.

Another big plus of electric cars is how they pick up speed. EVs accelerate smoothly because they deliver power directly and instantly from the battery to the wheels. This means EV drivers and passengers don’t experience the delay like in traditional cars with gears, making the ride feel seamless and friction-free from the start. And it goes beyond the physical comfort.

A car drives on a snowy road.

Location is key

Location technology is crucial to the growth of EVs. By using smart maps and tools such as artificial intelligence (AI), electric cars can now tell you where to find charging stations, if they're available and how to get there without running out of power. This is a big deal for drivers worried about running out of charge, also known as range anxiety.

Electric vehicles have smart ways to ensure you get the most out of every charge, and a key part of this is through advanced location technology. Real-time data on traffic patterns, road conditions and even weather allows EVs to calculate the most energy-efficient route available. This means avoiding congested roads where frequent stopping and starting drain battery life.

It's like having a co-pilot who's always looking for ways to save energy, ensuring drivers can go further on a single charge without constant recharging stops. This intelligent use of location technology makes each trip more efficient, extending the overall life of the vehicle's battery. Smart navigation optimizes travel efficiency and promotes cleaner transport options, helping reduce carbon footprints while contributing to broader environmental goals of the automotive industry.

Leveling up AI

Onboarding AI

The push toward autonomous driving is fueled by advancements in AI, supporting the transition to a future where driving is safer, more efficient and less stressful. Features such as adaptive cruise control are steps toward full autonomy, helping to maintain safe distances between cars and adapt speeds to traffic flow. This aspect of vehicle technology hints at a future where driver intervention becomes minimal, potentially improving road safety and reducing the likelihood of incidents.

A look ahead

The fusion of location technology and electric vehicles is poised to redefine our driving experiences, making them more stylish, enjoyable, safer and environmentally friendly. The quiet and smooth acceleration of electric vehicles, coupled with intelligent route planning and real-time data brings an exciting potential of improved comfort and convenience for drivers and passengers. And with EV adoption rising, the future on the road looks promising.

Maja Stefanovic

Maja Stefanovic

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