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Here are 5 exotic technologies that will blow your mind including seats that hug


These technologies may seem weird, but once you try them you will want them - especially the lights.

Here at Torque News we have the dream jobs. Our panel of experts gets to test out new cars and even cars that are not yet released to the public. We compiled an informal list of our favorite technologies that we think the general public would love if they had a chance to try them. These are not yet commonplace, and may never be, but if you ever get the chance to try these gizmos do it.

1) Active Seat Bolstering. We all need a hug now and then. Mercedes Benz S-Class and SL roadster seats can do it and just when you need it most. Have you ever been sideways in a car at about 30 and then when you pitch the car back the other way you have to brace yourself? Well, maybe not, but even taking corners at legal speeds the Mercedes seats do something amazing. They push on your mid-section to keep you in the seat automatically. And it works. If you steer left and then right it quickly, it switches and bolsters you just the way you need it. The seats also massage and do other neat things, but the active bolstering is fantastic.

2) Amazing Lighting. LEDs are so last year. Every car has them now, or will soon. What is really cool is a headlight that looks farther ahead than you can see, identifies people or animals at the side of the road (or in the roadway) and then shines a super powerful spotlight just on the person or animal. BMW’s 7-series headlights do this. Other things great lights do is turn to the side as you steer so you can see where you are actually going. The Lexus RX350 does this so actively it makes steering a blast. You will try to steer more sharply just to watch the lights swing side to side. Look for amazing lighting features to continue to evolve.

3) Heads Up Display (HUD) – This technology is not really new. This is of course a digital, 3-D image shown in your field of view as you look at the roadway. Mazda had HUD many years ago on some moderately priced cars and GM offers it now on many. However, like all good things there are degrees. This technology is getting much better all of a sudden. In the past just the speed was displayed. HUDs from BMW and others can now show much more. Soon the gauges as we know them now in our dashboard will normally be dark and we will be driving using the HUD for most of what we want to know. The systems will start to show the image wherever the driver looks and what we see will be driver selectable. Will it be long before the hovering head of your ex appears when the car senses a call coming in from her (him)? We think not. How long after that before the image is in real-time? Like we said, driver selectable…

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HUD is "Head Up Display" and NOT [sic] "Heads up display" - unless you have more than one head.

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