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Best High-Tech Cars 2014
posted on Aug 26 2014 by Kiri Nowak
Technology is constantly evolving and creating new opportunities. The automotive industry relies heavily on the development of new technology to create groundbreaking cars and impress consumers.
We live in a world where we constantly want more from the products we use on a daily basis, and cars are no exception. Every year cars become more sophisticated and packed with features that completely revolutionise our driving experience. Thankfully, 2014 has definitely not disappointed so far.
So what cars tick all the boxes when it comes to utilising the latest technology? If you are looking for a high-tech car then here are our top picks.
Mercedes apparently spend around a million pounds a day on research and development, that’s going to put them ahead of the field when it comes to producing high tech cars. They were the first to bring out ABS breaking and airbags, along with many other things.
If we could pick one car that is leading the way it would have to be the superb Mercedes-Benz S-Class. It’s such an iconic car that’s known for being a status symbol. If you are looking for a car with excellent entertainment as well as safety then the S-Class is a fantastic choice. It has consistently been named as one of the world’s best cars and never disappoints when it comes to incorporating the latest technology.
Some of the key features of this car include a split-screen infotainment system, in-car apps, optional Magic Body Control, sport selecting mode and an integrated WLAN hotspot. Mercedes are also currently working on ‘gesture control technology’ for the new S-Class.
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There has been a huge amount of buzz surrounding the brand new BMW i8. This car of the future can reach 62 miles per hour in a mind-blowing 4.4 seconds. It utilises the very latest technology and is a high performance hybrid sports car. Despite its staggering speed the i8 still manages to achieve low emissions as it is a petrol electric hybrid vehicle. The i8 is both economical and sporty.
It has a carbon fiber reinforced plastic body with an aluminium sub frame. The i8 is lightweight and aerodynamic which allows it to be extremely quick and agile. This powerful car uses a 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder Mini Cooper engine.
If you want a quiet vehicle then the i8 doesn’t disappoint. This is something that is a rare achievement for such a fast car. BMW call is ‘the most progressive sports car’ and feel that they have redefined the meaning of a sports car in 2014. You can get your hands on this car of the future from £95,000.
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Tesla Model S
When considering what the best high tech cars are this year, an all-electric model has to be added to the list. Tesla are known for pushing boundaries and trying to build cars that challenge the norm.
Elon Musk, the SEO of Tesla recently announced Tesla were looking at the concept of flying cars so they certainly don’t lack ambition. They have managed to create a fast electric car that is fast, economical and practical.
The Tesla Model S is crammed with the latest technology, enabling it to reach 62mph in just 4.2 seconds, just beating the BMW i8. It doesn’t admit direct C02 emissions because it’s an electric car, yet it still manages to be unbelievably quick with a top speed of 130 miles per hour. Inside the car you can enjoy a 17 inch touch screen and digital instrument display.
The Audi A8 is a possible rival for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. It’s a stylish saloon with a fair amount of technology behind it. It has a very lightweight aluminium chassis and appealing hi-tech gadgets to take advantage of.
Audi have tried to create and enjoyable and effortless driving experience by incorporating things like lights that can dip when they detect oncoming traffic, seats that offer heated massage and touch screen sat nav.
The fast Audi A8 models can reach 60 miles per hour in 6.1 seconds, slightly slower than its rivals but still very fast. It also feels very luxurious and spacious inside thanks to the impressive design and quality materials.
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