Four surprising tech additions in luxury cars

When we buy a luxury car, we expect the best and most of these vehicles reflect this by offering the very best in high-end features. Over the past decade, we’ve become used to seeing Bluetooth, speaker systems, and sat-nav in even the most standard models. But some luxury manufacturers have really stepped up the tech! Here, we’re teaming up with Grange vehicles, who offer the stunning Bentley Bentayga, to take a look at the four most surprising tech additions in our luxury cars:


1.      Mercedes-Benz

Back in 2014, Mercedes-Benz ensured that their vehicles would always be smelling fresh. In fact, the company created a perfume dispenser that would be kept in the glove compartment and be hooked up to the air balance system of the car. It was then up to the driver to set the dispenser to fragrance the vehicle as often as they’d like by turning on the heat or air conditioning unit, allowing the scent to travel through the vent. If this wasn’t enough, the scent was a Mercedes-Benz original which Sabine Engelhardt and her team developed especially for the device. The German automotive manufacturers have also included the PreSafe Sound feature which pumps a sound of a particular frequency into the cabin of the vehicle just before a collision to help protect the inner ear.

Bentley Continental GT

2.      Bentley Continental GT

Taking inspiration from the iconic wings of the Bentley badge, the interior of the Bentley Continental GT really stands out from the competition. However, it is the infotainment system that entices drivers to fully appreciate the Bentley experience. This hi-tech device is less ‘weird’ than Tesla’s Model X addition, but it certainly is wonderful!

Tesla’s Model X

3.      Tesla’s Model X

Dancing cars are nothing new – after all, most of us will be familiar with the Citroen Transformers advert. Even in the Disney animation Cars, Lightning McQueen dances in one scene. However, in reality, when have you seen a car dance? The probability is that the answer is never — unless you’ve been in the presence of Tesla’s Model X. The model, known for its high calibre of safety and performance, can dance along to a holiday rhyme and flash its lights while opening and closing its falcon wing-type doors. This, titled the ‘Celebration Mode’ makes it look like the vehicle is dancing! The hidden feature was introduced by Tesla owner Elon Musk.


4.      Rolls-Royce

This is a great gadget for those of us who are always forgetting our umbrellas. How often have you left your house and been caught short-handed in a down pour? Well, with 2013’s umbrella-in-the-door invention in Rolls-Royce models, this wouldn’t happen again. And, of course, it wasn’t just any umbrella. This fashion accessory was worth almost £1,000 and, when placed in the umbrella holder, would be dry within minutes.

There are many more surprising and innovative pieces of tech on the market for those of us who enjoy the luxury lifestyle.

We can also expect to see all-electric versions of our favourite high-end models very soon. Aston Martin recently introduced their very first all-electric full production car the Aston Martin Rapide E. Aston have reportedly said that the 800V system, designed in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering, is better at charging and offers “greatly improved thermal characteristics” than other electrical systems. The success of the EV market, particularly in the UK, has been boosted by an increase in related services; electricity suppliers Northern Powergrid have been working on EV charger installation across the country.

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