In this day and age car manufacturers are offering many convenient features for the driver and the occupants. From features as advanced as ADAS to comforting features like ventilated seats all these uplift the overall ownership experience. So, today we’ll focus on not so hyped features, automatic headlights and wipers. Also, are these features really useful in Indian conditions? Let’s dive in.
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Before moving further, let’s have a glimpse of what exactly these features are up to.
One of the underrated or rather miss understood feature in a modern automobile is an automatic headlight.
- This is where the driver need not worry about turning the headlights on in the dark. By dark, we do not just mean night time but also tunnels and underground parking.
- As soon as the car enters a dark area the vehicle automatically turns on the headlight for the driver. This is how the person behind the wheel has one less thing to worry about.
- This allows for a better and a little safer driving experience, especially when entering underground parking.
Automatic Windshield Wipers
Coming to another thing that is a +1 for driver convenience is windshield wipers (automatic).
- Well, this one is a no brainer, like anything that is automatic this too does what it says on paper.
- A vehicle with automatic windshield wipers will have the wiper going as soon as the cars witnesses bad rainy weather.
- Not just that, if your car cleaner splashes water on the windshield (Ps. the car in on) he/she will face an ill fate.
The use of automatic everything in modern cars
Where advancing technology is exciting it surely is making the human race a lot lazy and lethargic.
- The same is the case with automating everything in the automotive sector. Firstly, one of the considerable changes is the decreasing amount of cars with manual transmission.
- Okay, we get it, that all the features and making everything automatic will shave off the extra work from the driver. But is it really necessary? Do let us know!
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Moving on, here are some of the cars that come equipt with automatic headlights or automatic wipers.
The car that started the trend of automatic headlights and wipers was the Ford Ecosport. Back in 2013, this was among the first vehicle to have this modern-day feature. Not just that, Ford Ecosport, had a really long list of features that no other car had at that time at its price.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
Talking automobile industry in India, Maruti Suzuki is the first name that pops in the head. Additionally, Maruti and features do not quite go hand in hand. This doesn’t mean Maruti Suzuki has not experimented in India. Well, S-Cross is among the cars that have European built and features. Talking about this crossover it was and still is feature-packed with automatic wipers and headlights part of the kit.
There have been many sedans in India that came and went unnoticed. But Honda City stood by the storm of SUV and is still going strong. Well, one of the reasons for the City’s success is features and creature comfort. And if you haven’t guessed it already, automatic headlights and windshield wipers are one of them.
The Korean carmaker Hyundai launched a new generation of their top-selling SUV Creta last year in India. And the new Creta boasts a ton of new features including first in segment Panoramic sunroof. In addition to that, this SUV also sports automatic headlights and wipers.
Another vehicle to get a ton of features from a Korean carmaker is the Kia Seltos. Launched in 2019, it still is a good buy (if you want a not so safe car). But let me tell you Kia Seltos offers all the gadgets and gizmos one would desire in their ₹20lakh vehicle. Automatic headlights and wipers are a part of the long list of features.
Let us know in the comment section below are the automatic headlights and wipers really useful?
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My I gen I20 launched in 2012 had these features way before ford ecosport.