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Gotta Have Gadgets for 2014

Gadgets – not just for the nerds anymore.

The most talked about, although not yet available to buy, is the Driverless Car. Google has developed Google Chauffeur, software to power a self-driving car which also uses artificial intelligence and, of course, Google Street View technology.

Think you are not ready for this gadget yet? Think again. It is already here and you are using it. If you have ever flown in a plane, been on a train or even used cruise control in your car, you have experienced autonomous driving. Recent car ads show automatic parking systems, collision avoidance braking, even an automatic gearbox – see? We started handing over control to computers years ago.

Testing has begun – at any given time there are about a dozen driverless cars on the road. After 500,000 kms of testing, they are still accident-free. Can you imagine what these cars can do for your car insurance rates?

Here are a few more gadgets that are readily available now for you to enjoy!

Apple CarPlay

Using buttons on the steering wheel and Siri voice controls, this system allows the driver access to maps, music and many more features of the iPhone in the car. Apple is calling it the ‘eyes free’ phone.

Google Glass

High tech eye wear (think The Terminator). These smart glasses act like a small computer, right before your eyes.

Smartwatch

Essentially, it is a wrist watch computer. They run mobile apps, function as a small computer, and portable media players. Recent Smartwatches feature mobile phones. All you need in one unit.

Digital Tire Gauge

For less than $20, your tire gage will light up in the dark and give you an accurate digital reading.  With weather changes, so too does the amount of air in your tires. Correct tire pressure increases gas mileage and reduces unnecessary wear on your tires.

Call McDougall Insurance & Financial today, to learn about our newest “gadgets” in the Insurance industry.

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