Dreams on Wheels: Technology that drives these luxury cars

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 - 3:04pm IST | Place: undefined | Agency: DNA
Not just efficiency and performance, they are loaded with high-tech features for a superlative driving experience. Rama Sreekant looks at cars that are leading the way with innovative tech features

Mercedes Benz GL 63 AMG

  • AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic’s three driving modes and double-declutching function allows faster gear change and prevents load change reaction when braking into bends.
  • The Intelligent Light System allows for optimum visibility on country roads and motorways, when driving around corners and bends. The ILS with adaptive bi-xenon headlamps adapts automatically to the prevailing light and driving conditions.
  • Rear Seat Entertainment System ensures you sit back, relax and enjoy, on the rear seat with the DVD player. 
  • Anti-Theft Protection package is an intelligent combination of different security features. The alarm, is for example, triggered on unauthorised entry into the interior, or if the ignition lock is short-circuited.
  • Keyless Go allows the vehicle to be conveniently unlocked, started and locked with this system – simply by carrying the electronic key. 

    Range Rover Sport

  • Surround Camera System includes five digital cameras, which provide a 360-degree view on the touch screen. It is meant to give you confidence when towing or pulling out at junctions.
  • Personal Climate Control boasts the Four Zone Climate Control system, which provides separate controls for the driver, front passenger and the passengers on each side of the second row of seats.
  • Meridian Signature Reference System has the premium 1700-Watt System that uses 23 loudspeakers to expand the sense of space within the cabin and provide a realistic three-dimensional listening experience.
  • Power Tailgate’s opening height can be programmed to suit your personal preferences or accommodate more confined loading areas.
  • The Fully Automatic Targa Roof consists of two moving parts: a soft top and a glass rear window. At the press of a button, the fully automatic roof system stows the convertible top behind the rear seat system, providing a real spectacle.
  • The Intelligent Headlamp System detects oncoming vehicles, intersections, etc. and acts accordingly.
  • A Sophisticated Three-way Rear Spoiler System in the high-end versions of the Panamera deploys based on your speed.

Audi A8L

  • The Audi Matrix Headlamps has a fascinating design for daytime and nighttime driving. The matrix function provides maximum illumination ahead of the vehicle.
  • Park Assist with Display of Surroundings assists in searching for a parking space and looking for a parked vehicle. This feature includes ultrasonic sensors, which calculate the ideal way to park in perpendicular spaces as well as directs you to get in and out of parallel spaces.
  • The Panaromic Sunroof has two parts. The front glass roof and the rear glass roof—both are automatically controlled for tilting and opening the front glass and tilting the rear glass. You can also close the glass roof with a remote control key.
  • Head Up Display shows data about vehicle speed, GPS route guidance and transmission position.
  • The Audi Wireless Internet Access allows you to connect your PDA, smartphone and laptops to the Internet.
  • The Air Ioniser generates ions to match the concentration found in outdoor settings such as mountains or parks, it can be activated by a switch on the right B-pillar.
  • The Electromechanical steering wheel combines precision and comfort with energy-saving technology.
  • With The Convenience Key, doors and luggage compartment can be opened without having to actively operate the remote control key. Just touch the door handles or pull the handle of the boot and they will automatically unlock.

Porsche 911 Targa   

  • The Fully Automatic Targa Roof consists of two moving parts: a soft top and a glass rear window. At the press of a button, the fully automatic roof system stows the convertible top behind the rear seat system, providing a real spectacle.
  • The Intelligent Headlamp System detects oncoming vehicles, intersections, etc. and acts accordingly.
  • A sophisticated Three-way Rear Spoiler System in the high-end versions of the Panamera deploys based on your speed.

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