Take quiz to find out how well you know your car’s tech capabilities
How well do you really understand what your car can do for you? Are you comfortable taking your foot off the pedal while cruise control maintains your speed, or trusting a sat-nav to get you where you need to go?
Take this quiz to discover your driving tech personality – and how clued-up you are when it comes to your car's capabilities.
It comes as more than two-thirds of drivers (68%) admit they struggle to get to grips with everything their vehicle can do – with assisted parking and cruise control among the most confusing features.
Others are baffled by sports mode, lane assist, assisted braking, and even connecting devices to their car via Bluetooth.
And the poll of 500 motorists, who own a vehicle less than two years old, found that two in five feel they are not using their car to its full potential – as 31% are not confident using all the modern gadgets their motor has to offer.
In fact, despite 73% claiming to be tech savvy, 55% of those polled said it took them six months to even realise some of the features their car came with – such as digital key (18%), lane assist (18%), and blind spot alert (19%).
The research, and the accompanying quiz, were commissioned by Hyundai, in order to expose the untapped potential of modern technology in new cars, and give drivers the knowledge they need to make their car-owning experience more pleasurable.
Further research of 500 new car drivers also found people are most likely to use car tech when it’s integrated into their driving routines.
And with 86% of drivers saying that their car is their most expensive tech purchase, future motorists would like to see new tech that helps with comfort (48%), followed by safety (40%), entertainment (33%), navigation (31%), and self-driving (23%).
It also emerged those under 40 are significantly more likely to want more comfort in their car, compared to older people – while 52% of under-30s desire more in-car entertainment.
Dr Martha Newson, cognitive psychologist who facilitated the consumer study, said: “With any car purchase being one of life's bigger spends, drivers should take more time understanding the tech available at their fingertips, so they don't miss out on safer, more comfortable, and more pleasurable experiences, every time they get in the car.
“We’ve proven that over half of drivers are missing out on this experience, and that’s why we want to bring this issue to light.
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“I’ve been working with Hyundai to create this quiz to help drivers gauge how tech savvy they are, and show them how to change their relationship with technology for a better overall driving and ownership experience.”
It also emerged that it took an average of three-and-a-half months before owners got used to their car's technology – with more than one in ten (13%) not realising it came with features like lane assist and cruise control.
However, eight in ten like having the option to use advanced tech in their car – as it makes life easier for 55%, and leaves 39% feeling safer.
And a third (34%) of those polled, via OnePoll.com, are so used to driving a modern car, they could never drive an older model again.
Ashley Andrew, president of Hyundai Motor UK, added: “It is interesting to see the divide between tech adoption in our wider lifestyle choices, and that in our vehicles.
“We want to empower all drivers to embrace the technology available to them, and seize the opportunity to engage with our innovative tech, for a more pleasurable experience.”
TOP 20 PIECES OF TECHNOLOGY IN A CAR THAT BAFFLE MODERN CAR OWNERS:
- Cruise control
- Assisted parking
- Connecting different Bluetooth devices
- Sports mode
- Lane assist
- Assisted braking
- Different switch locations for fog lights
- Wireless smartphone connectivity/charging
- Electronic handbrakes
- Heated steering wheel
- Climate control
- Voice activation/recognition
- Blind spot detection
- Remote engine starting
- Reverse parking camera
- Automatic boot
- Blind-spot alert
- Massage seats
- 360-degree camera
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