evolution of car tech

Modern cars are loaded with advanced technologies that keep drivers and passengers comfortable, entertained, and safe on the road. From the engines and drivetrains to the safety systems and infotainment units, nearly all auto components have evolved tremendously over the last few decades.

Advances in Mechanical, Electronic, and Safety Technologies

Today's cars are equipped with sophisticated and robust mechanical systems that the world's leading auto brands have improved. Under the hood, most engine blocks are made of aluminum-alloy components for weight-reduction purposes. Double overhead camshafts are some other expected parts in most engines on modern cars. Variable valve timing and other similar technologies precisely manage the movement of valves in some vehicles. When it comes to power and torque, turbochargers and superchargers provide incredible boosts. Such advanced mechanical systems generate high outputs in I-4 and V-6 engine blocks. Modern turbo engines are much more powerful than some V-8 engines from decades ago. Direct injection is another innovative technology that improves the mechanics of the modern powertrain. Some new vehicles have automatic functions that shut off and restart the engine in stop-and-go driving when it comes to efficiency. Urban drivers certainly appreciate the fuel-saving benefits of such innovative technology. The Eco Mode is another common driving setting incorporated into efficient engines with four, six, or eight cylinders. The drivetrains of the latest vehicles have also evolved tremendously thanks to several universal components, like the limited-slip differential and torque-vectoring systems. Some high-performance cars, including SUVs and crossover SUVs, may be available with the Torsen differentials for the optimum torque splitting. Electronic sensors are typically integrated into highly adaptive 4x4 systems on such vehicles. Likewise, some luxury sedans are fitted with sophisticated AWD systems that adapt to the road.

Modern cars are also readily available with reliable active safety technologies that essentially didn't exist before the 1990s. Electronic stability control and anti-lock braking systems are usually installed by default on all new vehicles sold in North America. The world's leading auto brands have also developed their unique safety systems for enhanced protection against crashes and other hazards. Automatic braking is a common feature of signature active safety bundles, offering multiple alert systems for side and forward crashes. Blind-spot monitors, multi-view cameras, and parking assistants are typically available in new vehicles. Additionally, multi-stage airbags and side-curtain airbags dominate the passive safety standards in modern cars. Crumple zones and other energy-absorbing parts significantly improve the crash resistance of lightweight automobiles, especially compact sedans, and crossover SUVs.

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