When one parts with at least $400,000 to acquire Rolls-Royce’s new Phantom Coupe, one would expect the very finest appointments throughout. Fiber-optic LEDs—1,600 of them—are hand-fixed to the headliner and can be adjusted for brightness as needs and/or vanity dictate.
While there are plenty of qualified folks to clock your lap times, Porsche thought to offer a solution for do-it-yourselfers. Both analog and digital displays are viewable, and assuming you turn in times you can be proud of, bragging rights are assured with the ability to download results onto your portable device.
The most recent iteration of iDrive qualifies as a useful gadget. As you’ll see in the new 7 Series, the system is now far easier to navigate and is also surrounded by a few buttons for faster access to key info. Even with the controller, functions and stats are easier to find.
Personal Car Communication
Recently Volvo has come out with a typically ingenious solution: a heartbeat sensor built into the Personal Car Communicator keyless drive fob. So you’ll be fully aware of any awaiting dangers in your car before you even get near it.
Factory-installed gadget OnStar that was once a novelty is now commonplace throughout the GM model lines from Cobalts to Cadillacs. Besides the ability to track vehicle diagnostics, OnStar can activate automatically during a crash and even remotely slow stolen vehicles to a crawl when conditions allow.