The Top Automotive Entertainment Trends of the Year
Technology is constantly growing, evolving, and adapting. This is especially true with the audio and entertainment features in our cars. There have been many trends that have taken hold over the last few years in automobiles.
2022 is coming to an end, which means it’s the perfect time to look back on some of the technological advances that people have loved this year. It’s always good to review what has grown or waned in popularity because it’s a reliable forward indicator of things to come in the future.
Here are some of the top technology trends of the year that we anticipate continuing to thrive with car audio customers in San Diego in 2023:
One of the best and most useful upgrades you can make to your car audio is to get a car stereo installation that supports smartphone integration, such as Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
These are vehicle-based applications that enable your car audio system function like your phone, but still be controllable through your car’s display. Some of the functions you have at your fingertips with smartphone connectivity features include:
- On-screen navigation
- Send/receive text messages hands-free
- Music/media/podcast streaming
All you need is an Apple or Android device connected to the car and the vehicle’s screen will sync up to it, allowing you to access all your favorite apps and smartphone features. You are sure to enjoy the driving experience much more with that type of seamless connectivity and functionality. You’ll love it so much, you won’t ever want to go back to a normal radio after 2022.
Voice assistants have started to find their way into many new pieces of technology in recent years. You can go into just about any living or family room in 2022 and say “Alexa,” “Hey Google,” or “Hey, Siri” and have a device respond to you. This trend has made its way into the automotive space with the integration of voice assistants into car audio systems and complete car user interfaces. Buick even went as far as to advertise their Alexa-integrated Encore as the “Alexa car.” Drivers love the convenience a voice assistant provides and the growing possibilities of what they can do. Look out for even more growth of car integrated voice assistants in 2023.
Another technological advancement that has penetrated just about every other aspect of our everyday lives is touchscreens. Touchscreen displays have been working their way into being a standard for years now. As phones, watches, computers, televisions, and more have started to utilize touch functionality for easier navigation, it was only a matter of time before automobiles did the same. After all, we spend a big portion of our time in the car. Expect it to be easier than ever to find a car audio system with a touchscreen display in 2023 and beyond.
Passenger Entertainment Systems
Jeep introduced this concept in the high end models of their 2022 offering through a feature called “Passenger Interactive Display.” This feature takes passenger entertainment to a new level by providing the passenger with a personal 10.25 inch screen above the glove compartment. This screen not only adds a level of entertainment for the passenger, but provides other luxuries such as GPS access, control over the audio and rear entertainment systems, and access to the feeds of the vehicle’s cameras. Passengers will be promoted to co-pilots in 2023 and beyond.
In addition to entertainment value, giving the passenger access to vehicle functions that have been reserved for drivers in the past has safety benefits as well. Instead of struggling to find that song the passenger is requesting, the driver can allow the passenger to navigate there themselves. Finding directions, volume control, and even messaging are tasks that the passenger can now assist with. This allows the driver to keep their focus on the most important thing: the road.
With adoptions already seen from Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, expect to see even more passenger entertainment systems to develop going forward. These will likely continue to grow in features and functionality as more potential uses are discovered.
2023 Will Be a Big Year For Car Audio Technology – Don’t Miss Out!
Now that you know what to expect from car audio technology going forward, it should be much easier to get excited about your next car audio upgrade. Many people reading this are struggling with the factory car audio components that don’t have superior performance, sound quality, or features. This can make the driving experience much less enjoyable.
2023 will be a great time to rejuvenate your car audio. Keep an eye on these trends as they continue into the new year and be sure to consider all of these factors when selecting new car audio technology for your vehicle.