Thousands of motorists feel ‘overwhelmed’ by the technical capabilities of their cars – with cruise control, assisted parking and getting connected to Bluetooth among the most baffling features.
In a poll of 500 car owners with a vehicle less than two years old, 68 per cent said they struggle to get to grips with everything – taken aback by the likes of sports mode, electronic handbrakes and autonomous emergency braking.
And 40 per cent don’t believe they are using their beloved vehicle to its full potential – despite it being the most expensive tech purchase for 86 per cent.
Sat-navs, voice activation and reverse parking cameras are also things that bemuse drivers.
While 19 per cent haven’t even heard of blind spot alert, and 18 per cent don’t know about lane assist or digital key.
The research also found it took six months for 55 per cent to discover their motor came with certain features.
Following the findings, Hyundai, which commissioned the research, has created a quiz to expose the untapped potential of modern technology in new cars and give drivers the knowledge they need to make their car owning experience more pleasurable.
Further research of 500 new car drivers also found people are most likely to use car tech when it’s integrated into their driving routines.
And in the future, motorists would like to see new tech that helps with comfort (48 per cent), followed by safety (40 per cent), entertainment (33 per cent), navigation (31 per cent), and self-driving (23 per cent).
Empowering drivers
It also emerged those under 40 are significantly more likely to want more comfort in their car, compared to older people, and 52 per cent of under-30s desire more in-car entertainment.
Dr Martha Newson, cognitive psychologist who facilitated the consumer study, said: “With any car purchase being one of life’s bigger spends, drivers should take

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