Automobiles have retained the same basic concept since they were first invented. With so many differing opinions on how to build the best car, while keeping emissions down and mileage up, an overview of the kinds of cars available today will help future car owners decide just how fancy they want their vehicle. So now we present a list of the top 5 tech cars, cars straight out of the future available today.
5. Porsche Panamera
Those who aren’t heavy car enthusiasts don’t often know the names of most brands out there. But one thing they all know is the name of the company Porsche. The first car in our list is the 2011 Porsche Panamera, a car that seems to do everything for everyone. It features several features, such as an 11-speaker sound system, over 80 buttons and knobs which control many different features throughout the cabin, and even an optional rearview camera.
4. Audi S4
From the outside, the 2011 Audi S4 looks like any modern car today. The real fun, however, starts when you open the door. The dashboard features the instrument panel, which sits right above the steering wheel, which shows various displays such as recommended driving tips, or even your playlist from your connected MP3 player. But its true defining feature is the voice-activated navigation system and phone system, which with a few simple words such as “I need gas”, will instantly pull up a listing of gas stations near your area. Reading off the name of the one you want will pull up instant guided instructions to your destination.
3. Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Cars are almost always manufactured nowadays with various LCD screens, from simple sound system displays to complex “infotainment” systems. The 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class features the Splitview dual content screen, which allows for the display of separate information on each side of the screen. But don’t think this is the only cool thing about this car. It features some of the top safety features available, such as anti-lock brakes, airbags in both the front and rear and the Mercedes’ PreSafe system, which can sense an incoming crash and tighten the seat belts automatically.
2. Tesla Roadster
Petroleum is important to our society, there’s no doubt. But nobody wants to switch to electric cars because they have a pretty bad reputation among car owners. Plagued with issues such as a long charge time. Short driving range, lack of areas to refill the car, and a minimalist safety design. The Tesla Roadster manages to take care of all these issues. The Roadster is perhaps the best electric car on the market right now, with a driving range of nearly 245 miles on a full charge, which requires only 8 hours of charge time from any standard socket, and simplistic, easy-to-use controls.
1. BMW 7-series
The 2011 BMW 7-series doesn’t seem all that different from most other high-end cars out there, and there are certainly a lot of other cars that perform better. However, what sets it apart from the others, is its all-in-one interface dubbed the “iDrive”. Set on an LCD panel in the front, the iDrive is controlled with a central knob, which can rotate as well as be pushed in any direction for easy menu access. Each direction the knob can be pushed in corresponds to a different menu. The iDrive also controls secondary car features such as climate controls, light behavior, and various sensors such as tire pressure.