Motorists Identify Features They Want In Future Cars

Car owners are constantly on the lookout for features that could help enhance their next vehicle. The ability to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to the changing technological times is extremely important for these motorists, many of whom want to have the most up-to-date resources and aids in their automobiles. 

According to the J.D. Power and Associates 2013 U.S. Automotive Emerging Technologies Study, the majority of vehicle owners are looking for a few specific capabilities in their cars. About 82 percent want a mobile device or application link up, enabling them to connect smartphones directly to the automobile. Another 79 percent wish to have a fuel economy indicator somewhere on their display. 

Additionally, roughly three-fourths of drivers want to see tools like active shutter grille vents, natural language voice activation and a next-generation head-up display. Other potential features included things like wireless connectivity, on board cameras or even technological keys that hook up to phones. 

"Vehicle owners are continually aware of rising fuel costs and the need for better fuel economy," said Mike VanNieuwkuyk, executive director of global automotive at J.D. Power and Associates. "As they have come to understand the benefits of new automotive technology, they are increasingly interested in those that allow them to manage their fuel consumption with greater efficiency and help better manage their cost at the pump." 

These features are not exclusive to brand new models. Plenty of used cars come with some or even all of these top capabilities, and drivers can get a jump start on finding their next ride at New Jersey State Auto Auction. This NJ lot is filled with CARFAX certified cars, trucks and vans that can meet the needs of many motorists – all they have to do is head over and check out the selection for themselves.