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Car features you didn't know you needed

Underrated parts or appliances can boost your driving experience

In Summary

• These interesting car features have been enabled by the growth of digital tech

• One such interesting technology is the driver drowsiness detection

With superior build technology, the all-new 2019 Suzuki Vitara is a car to keep for the long-term
With superior build technology, the all-new 2019 Suzuki Vitara is a car to keep for the long-term
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When it comes to the safety and efficiency of your car, there are certain features that are non-negotiable. Perfect brakes, engine oil and good tyres are a must if you are able to get the best out of your vehicle. 

This calls for you to fork out money from your pocket to replace or repair these car parts on a regular basis. However, there are other underrated car appliances that could really aid you in your driving. 

These interesting car features have been enabled by the growth of digital technology, which has given way to innovations such as artificial intelligence, smart driving and driver-assisted technologies. 

One such interesting tech is the driver drowsiness detection. This safe driving device detects weariness in your driving and provides you with a notification to take some break and rest. 

It is a timely car feature that can prevent a lot of road accidents caused by drowsiness of the driver. The drowsiness detection works by monitoring and identifying any change in the driver's steering wheel movements.

It can also be used in conjunction with a body sensor or wearable to detect any changes in the driver's physiological parameters, including heart rate, muscle activity, head movements and brain activity. 

The drowsiness detection tool can also work with an in-built camera within the car, which detects any changes in the driver's facial expression. 

The Tyre Pressure Monitoring System is another safety feature that is a must-have, considering the dangers of driving with an under-inflated tyre. 

It works by measuring the speed at which your wheels are spinning faster to calculate whether any of the tyres are under-inflated. The faster the tyre spins, the higher the possibility it is under-inflated. 

Additionally, TPMS software can be installed on each of the tyres after which it measures vital readings, such as temperature and pressure. All this information is transmitted to a central system, from where the warning about an under-inflated tyre is relayed on the car's dashboard. 

A common car safety feature in Kenya, the rear seatbelt reminder is a digital software that produces audio sounds to notify the driver or passenger to put on their seatbelts. 

The irritating noise it produces have been found to increase the rate of seatbelt usage and in effect, prevent many road accidents fatalities that may occur as a result of failure to put on a seatbelt. 

It would help if you could invest in these safety features to boost your driving experience. To err is human and you'll need all the help you can get to prevent these errors from turning tragic. 

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