What's the future of Augmented Reality in Cars?
Imagine a car from the early part of the 20th century: no power steering, no enclosed cabin, no self-starting ability…the list goes on. While it would certainly make high-speed getaways more entertaining if we still had to hand-crank our engines, it's undeniable that technology has made our cars better in more ways than we can count.
As engines have progressed to become faster, more powerful, and more efficient, the rest of the vehicle has also improved. Most recently, with the advent of computers, processors, and portable and adaptable displays, it has become possible to give drivers more tools than ever before while they're on the road. These can range from safety features and warnings, to itinerary information, to on-the-go entertainment that helps keep bored passengers happy. Once restricted to dashboards and overhead fold-down screens, a new development is now bringing all of this potential together in a futuristic way - by using windshields equipped with augmented reality HUDs (heads-up displays).
Augmented reality refers to the use of technology to overlay a display screen with additional information - like, for example, using virtual reality goggles to see things that aren't actually real. When applied to cars, the possibilities are endless - you can now see, in real time and with perfect vision directly in your eyeline, many helpful details that used to be scattered around your dashboard. Route information, upcoming turns from your GPS guidance, potential collision risks, lane drift warnings, song details, and more are all now fully visible without having to take your eyes off the road. You can even sync them with your smartphone, to allow a fully integrated experience. Would you like to see restaurant star ratings above the actual restaurants as you pull up to them? What if you could see a display appear above the vehicles around you that listed the name of who it is registered to? Would you consider that an invasion of privacy or would you like it? It's easy to see a future where people can make modifications to these systems and it will feel like we're driving in a video game. Real world Mario Kart anyone? ...just kidding. (kinda)
When you invest a lot of money into a high-end car, you want it to have top of the line technology - which is why many luxury vehicles now have these augmented reality displays built-in. And where is the best place in Calgary to get high-end European cars? Right here at Euroworks! Whether you want a Porsche, an Audi, a BMW, or one of our many other brands, we’ve got the knowledge and inventory to get you what you’re looking for. After all, that’s how we’ve stayed in business in Calgary for well over 20 years – and after that long, we know these cars inside and out!
Give us a call today at 403-291-6839 or visit our showroom in northeast Calgary – just off the Highway 1 at 2340 20 Ave NE, and find out just how fun it is to drive away in a luxury car. We look forward to helping you find that perfect stylish ride!
An important part of getting your vehicle to work at its top potential is making sure that it is properly maintained. Preventative maintenance can add years to the life of your vehicle, and ensure that every ride is smooth and satisfying.
But sometimes, despite everything, the inevitable can occur – moving parts and components can break down, both internally and externally. And in those instances, all the parts of your car should be checked over by a certified technician. This used to be a costly and time-consuming process as every part of your engine and structure had to be physically checked. Nowadays, though, most of these parts are electronically controlled and monitored by the vehicle electronic systems, which simplifies and streamlines everything. This is a key part of our Vehicle Diagnostic service!
Virtually every vehicle today comes with an electronic system designed to identify problems and control performance adjustments. In fact, without the correct electronic kits and diagnostic equipment, it can be impossible to properly service a modern vehicle. That’s why we’ve invested in some top-of-the-line equipment: so we are able to scan and diagnose trouble areas, as well as reading, coding, and reprogramming any of the components of the system. And the best part? All of our diagnostic tools are Dealer Equivalent: anything they can do, so can we!
And what is it that we do?
It’s not just after-the-fact fixing to consider (although we can definitely help with that!). Besides clearing fault codes and checking the integrity of different parts of the vehicle, we can use these tools to get real-time data on the overall performance of your engine. And from that, we can reprogram your electronic control unit (ECU) in order to boost your performance (check out our last blog entry for more information on that); we can send special commands to control units; and we can install updates with the latest software for European vehicles. And of course, when we’re finished, we’ll make sure to reset the service reminders, so that the car’s computer knows the work has been done, and can tell you when it should be looked at in the future.
You’ve spent a lot on your car, and you want to be sure it’s in good hands – and that when it comes back to you, it feels like you’ve gotten your money’s worth. That’s why, along with our full complement of services, we offer extras in our service department, like copies of diagnostic computer scans, and pictures of any damaged parts. And our biggest advantage is that we have high standards of excellence equivalent to the original dealer. We love these cars too, and that’s why we want them to be at their best for you.
So don’t wait to hear the telltale groans and noises from under the hood – bring your high-end vehicle to Euroworks today, and let us catch any trouble before it’s trouble.
For details on pricing, appointments, or any other questions about diagnostic tuning, you can call us at 403-291-6839 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org today!
We live in a world run by computers. From the phones in our pockets to the servers on the stock market, nearly everything we use now has some connection to software and programming. And, of course, this includes modern cars.
For years now, high-end cars have come with a pre-installed computer chip that keeps track of what’s going on under the hood. While this is an important diagnostic tool – the chip can scan the engine and report any problems directly to you or the mechanics working on it – it has also become a way for manufacturers to limit the performance of your vehicle. This “detuning” of the engine protects it from careless drivers, poor maintenance, and low-quality fuel – but what happens when you really want to drive the car you bought? What if you want to push it as far as it can go and get your money’s worth?
Well, simply put….the only way is to tune the engine up to where it should be!
That’s where Euroworks comes in. Through our ECU (electronic control unit) tuning program, we can update the software in your car’s computer so that it runs better than ever. It involves no physical alterations to the vehicle, and only takes an hour or two – but the end results are easy to see: 10-15% improvement of fuel economy. Smoother, faster acceleration. Increased raw power. And removal of the speed limiter, so you can really feel the difference when you’re putting all those things together.
With our specialized software, our on-site certified technicians simply connect to the chip, update the necessary files, make sure everything is compatible and working properly…and that’s it! Just like that, your high-end car can reach the potential it was meant to have all along. While we’re doing that, we can even check the engine for any trouble before it becomes a major issue; we can reprogram keys, personalize vehicle settings, reset fault codes, and more. It’s an all-in-one package that will have you feeling like you’ve got a whole new car!
And right now is the time to get it tuned up, in preparation for warmer weather ahead. Contact us today so we can help you get the maximum power and performance you paid for!
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