Amp up your 4-wheeler with these automobile features and accessories.

Your vehicle isn’t just a means to get from point A to B. Commuting in a private four wheeler comes with a great deal of luxury. Alongside that, quite a good bit of safety comes into play too. Most of us enjoy driving but some don’t. For those who don’t, manufacturers are constantly working on making the driving process an easier task, installing new features and automation units that help you curb the nuances of parking, driving into narrow spaces and backing up as well. Continuing on that notion, let’s look at a few of the additional features that you can manually upgrade later or pre-plan prior to buying your next car. You may feel you don’t need these features, but it is worth checking them out as some prove very handy while some have assisted in preventing mishaps.

Ultrasonic Sensors
Used for collision detection, this works on a simple principle of shooting ultrasonic waves and detecting objects based on the reception of rebounding signals much the same way that bats map their surroundings using sonar; this is a must have addendum for preventing wall bumps and bumper dents. Mostly used at the rear end to prevent collision during parking, some also opt for a front collision detection system for all round collision avoidance. More sophisticated systems have computer overrides to take evasive maneuvers in these situations.

Rear Cameras
Another hot-tech in town to hit the dashboards of automobiles is the rear cameras. Used again for parking assistance, these rear- mounted cameras give a direct view of what’s happening at the back of the car without having to use your mirrors. With infrared vision, they can see pretty clearly during the night. Superior forms of parking assist cameras offer computer aided vision on where to slot your car versus the trajectory your car is completing.

Adaptive Cruise Control
Again for safety measures on long tours and to make driving a tad smoother, ACC systems, with the help of on board sensors keep the pace gradual and ensure safe distances from other vehicles ahead. Designed with safe disciplined lane driving in mind, highways that we know of do not comply very well with these systems in some parts, so more experienced drivers opt to keep it shut. For the rest, why not use a feature that you already have.

Hill Start Assist
Probably a driving assist that is best suited for the ups and downs of hilly terrains that encompass most of our roads, this neat aid system prevents your vehicle from rolling back when starting the motor on a hill while you release your brakes. For just over a second (the ideal time required to pick up), the brakes are left marginally on to prevent rollback. Pretty neat and probably the most useful one for drivers who aren’t the most skilled.

GPS
This one comes in particularly handy for the traveler. Assisting the driver with navigation, modern luxuries sport these features to guide the driver through the streets and highways with ease. Although not used as frequently, it is an essential feature in high end models these days.

Automatic Transmission
As a driver in Nepal, nine times out of ten, the other driver is driving a stick or manual transmission. Automatic transmission is relatively new in Nepal and a commodity not easily affordable. Relieving you of your gear shifting duties, automatic transmission is a technology that is bound to replace all gearboxes in the near future.

Beyond these basics to advanced driving assist systems prevalent in cars found in Nepal, there are more advanced utility systems that are being installed in cars in other parts of the globe. Most notably, a fully automated parking system completely removes your parking hassle while systems like the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Blind Spot Detection and Lane Departure warnings are state of the art accident prevention systems. Radar embedded in cars can sense the whole surroundings along with satellite communications to fortify the car you are driving. These hi-tech systems are expected to be installed in luxury cars making their way into the Nepali market in the future.