Most cars manufactured today come off the assembly line with several built-in computers. The computers control things such as fuel injection and spark plug timing, as well as GPS navigation software and climate control. A feature that has recently been incorporated into cars is the ability to sync with external devices. This syncing technology allows your vehicle and smartphone to interface with each other, making things like playing a song or answering a phone call in the car easier than ever. Read on to find out how this sync technology works, what it can do for you and how teen drivers can use it safely.
How does automotive sync technology work?
Syncing your smartphone and vehicle requires a few things. First, your vehicle must have the required built-in technology. Several car manufacturers have proprietary syncing software that communicates with your smartphone. Your vehicle and phone will communicate using one of two standard wireless technologies: Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Bluetooth is more common, since it performs well for near field communication. Some sync technologies allow you to hardwire a smartphone into the vehicle using a USB port. Once connected, your smartphone and vehicle will be able to communicate with each other.
What does automotive sync technology do?
There are several reasons why you’d want to link your smartphone and your vehicle. Hands-free calling is an important feature; using a microphone built into your vehicle, you can talk on the phone while hearing the other person through your vehicle’s speakers. Sync technology also allows you to play music through your vehicle’s speakers without the need for cables or adaptors. This is especially useful on long drives, or if your smartphone is equipped with your favorite music player app.
How does sync technology help you avoid distraction?
Sync technology can improve driver safety by preventing certain distractions. Some vehicles equipped with sync technology utilize buttons on the steering wheel to perform sync functions. For example, the driver can skip a song or answer a phone call simply by pressing a button on the steering wheel. Some sync platforms also allow the driver to control media and phone calls with voice commands. Both of these features reduce the need for the driver to look away from the road to change the radio station or answer a phone call.
Even though sync technology can help reduce driver distraction, controlling the CD player or answering a phone call can still divert your attention from the road—especially when an inexperienced or teen driver is behind the wheel. Be careful when using sync technology and always focus on driving, especially in heavy traffic. If you are in a vehicle accident, make sure you’re covered by auto insurance. To find a policy that will cover you and your vehicle, compare car insurance ratings and insurance quotes from multiple providers before choosing a plan.
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Written by Dale Cooper.