Edmunds: 5 must-have features on new cars

Edmunds — One of the perks of buying a new vehicle is that it offers features that promise a safer and more convenient driving experience. Some technologies have trickled down from luxury to mainstream segments, while others have been introduced quickly across the market. But which features are essential? Edmunds’ experts break down five must-have features to look out for on your next car.


Parking is a tricky business, with the danger of curbing wheels, grazing poles, or bumping into parked vehicles. This is especially true of many modern vehicles that have sleek coupe-like rooflines but poor outward visibility. To reduce anxiety, surround-view camera systems project a bird’s-eye viewing angle onto the car’s infotainment system. From this perspective, you can maneuver your vehicle in tight spaces confidently.

More sophisticated versions of these systems offer several camera angles, including a front view and wheel close-ups. The most advanced iterations like those from Mercedes-Benz or Genesis can even generate a 360-degree 3D model of your vehicle. Towing-oriented surround-view camera systems are also available on some pickups such as the Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra to make the process of hitching up a trailer much easier.


When the dealer salesperson hands over the keys to your new car, don’t be surprised to receive a plastic or metal fob instead of a physical key. This device can be used to lock or unlock the vehicle. Modern key fobs also have the ability to open the trunk, remotely start the car, or even help you park the vehicle while you’re standing outside it. Once inside, drivers should be able to start the car with a button rather than inserting a key into the ignition.

Premium or well-optioned models also offer smart keyless entry. With the key fob nearby, you can enter a vehicle simply by pulling the door handle or lock it by pressing a sensor on the handle. No more fishing for the fob in your pockets, purse or bag every time you want to access your vehicle.


New vehicles boast a range of device charging options including DC, AC, USB and wireless. DC, the oldest electrical current, is still used by some radar detectors and car accessories but requires a 12-volt adapter and cable to power most smartphones. AC plugs are the same as a household wall outlet and are commonly used to charge laptops or car camping gadgets.

USB ports come in two varieties, USB-A and USB-C, and operate at varying levels of output and charge rate. Both ports require a cable to charge devices or connect them to onboard infotainment systems. Wireless charging takes up more real estate but cuts the cable clutter. Just slip your compatible smartphone onto the charging pad and be on your way.


Smartphone integration in new vehicles has graduated from Bluetooth’s calling and media streaming to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ‘s immersive platforms. These solutions integrate a phone seamlessly

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Automotive Technologies Market Size to grow by USD 134.06 bn | Rising Adoption of ADAS Features in Vehicles to Boost Growth

NEW YORK, Nov. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The automotive technologies market will be driven by the rising adoption of ADAS features in vehicles. The market is expected to grow by USD 134.06 bn from 2020 to 2025. According to Technavio, the growth momentum of the market will decelerate at a CAGR of 11.04%. The report offers an up-to-date analysis as well as exact growth variance and Y-O-Y growth rate.

Attractive Opportunities in Automotive Technologies Market by Component and Geography – Forecast and Analysis 2021-2025

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The automotive technologies market is fragmented, and the degree of fragmentation will decelerate during the forecast period. To make the most of the opportunities, market vendors should focus more on the growth prospects in the fast-growing segments while maintaining their positions in the slow-growing segments.

The automotive technologies market report covers the following areas:

Automotive Technologies Market 2021-2025: Segmentation

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Automotive Technologies Market 2021-2025: Scope
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The rising adoption of ADAS features in vehicles, the increasing adoption of electronics-based driving comfort and safety systems, and intervention of innovative technologies for advanced UI will offer immense growth opportunities. However, lack of standard protocols, lack of connected infrastructure, and delay in luxury of ongoing updates and amendments will challenge the growth of the market participants.

Automotive Technologies Market 2021-2025: Vendor Analysis
We provide a detailed analysis of around 25 vendors operating in the automotive technologies market, including Continental AG, DENSO Corp., HELLA GmbH and Co. KGaA, Intel Corp., NVIDIA Corp., NXP Semiconductors NV, Renesas Electronics Corp., Robert Bosch GmbH, Xilinx Inc., and ZF Friedrichshafen AG. Backed with competitive intelligence and benchmarking, our research report on the automotive technologies market is designed to provide entry support, customer profile, and M&As as well as go-to-market strategy support.

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Automotive Technologies Market 2021-2025: Regional Analysis

Technavio offers an up-to-date analysis of the geographical composition of the market as well as competitive intelligence and regional opportunities for vendors. Based on our research, APAC is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period. The region will account for 53% of the market’s growth. China, Japan, and South Korea (Republic of Korea) are the key countries for the automotive technologies market in the region. APAC has been recording a significant growth rate. Hence, it is expected to offer several growth opportunities to market vendors during the forecast period. The increasing adoption of electronics-based driving comfort and safety systems will drive the automotive technologies market growth in APAC.

Automotive Technologies Market 2021-2025: Key Highlights

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