People are no strangers to unconventional additions to their vehicles. Some of you will remember the water-balloon filled bumpers and three-wheeled cars of the 1970’s – but what about today’s unconventional tech?
Some luxury car manufacturers have gone to extreme levels to provide customers with a driving experience like no other. Grange vehicles, who offer the stunning Range Rover Velar, take a look at some of the world’s most high-end vehicles with unusual tech additions.
In-built umbrella: Rolls-Royce
How often have you left your house and been caught short-handed in a down pour without an umbrella? Well, with 2013’s umbrella-in-the-door invention in Rolls-Royce models, this wouldn’t happen again. And, of course, it wasn’t just any umbrella. This fashion accessory was worth almost £1,000 and, when placed in the umbrella holder, would be dry within minutes.
Infotainment: Bentley Continental GT
The Bentley Continental GT’s majestic interior helps to make it stand out from its rivals, following the inspiration taken from the wings of the Bentley badge. However, it is the infotainment system that entices drivers to fully appreciate the Bentley experience. This hi-tech device is less ‘weird’ than Tesla’s Model X addition, but it certainly is wonderful!
Air freshener: Mercedes-Benz
In 2014, owners of Mercedes-Benz vehicles no longer had to purchase an air freshener to make their car smell sweet. In fact, the company created a perfume dispenser that would be kept in the glove compartment and be hooked up to the air balance system of the car.
It was then up to the driver to set the dispenser to fragrance the vehicle as often as they’d like by turning on the heat or air conditioning unit, allowing the scent to travel through the vent. If this wasn’t enough, the scent was a Mercedes-Benz original which Sabine Engelhardt and her team developed especially for the device.
The German automotive manufacturers have also included the PreSafe Sound feature which pumps a sound of a particular frequency into the cabin of the vehicle just before a collision to help protect the inner ear.
Celebration dance: Tesla’s Model X
We’ve all seen the Citroen advert where the transformer car breaks into a dance. Even in the Disney animation Cars, Lightning McQueen dances in one scene. However, in reality, when have you seen a car dance? The probability is that the answer is never — unless you’ve been in the presence of Tesla’s Model X.
The model, known for its high calibre of safety and performance, can dance along to a holiday rhyme and flash its lights while opening and closing its falcon wing-type doors. This, titled the ‘Celebration Mode’ makes it look like the vehicle is dancing! The hidden feature was introduced by Tesla owner Elon Musk.
Technology has completely transformed the driving experience over the past few years, with sat-nav systems, Bluetooth, and dashboard cameras all becoming commonplace.With the likes of gesture control allowing you to simply wave your hand to operate your sound system, car technology will never cease to amaze — and that’s before mentioning the self-driving cars that are on the horizon!