This weekend, you might want to take your new car out, meet some friends or see a movie. You've got "Hey Ya!" on the radio and really have a hankering for a new Taco Bell Zesty Chicken Border Bowl. Now for the tough decision: Are you and your friends in the mood for "The Passion of the Christ" or "Shrek 2"? Since you'll probably have to go home to check movie listings online, you might just get that Border Bowl to go, stay home and view the last episode of a TV show that has everyone asking: "Carrie Bradshaw, why the long face?" Through the magic of the webernets, you've traveled back through time to 2004, roughly the same year the average used car on the road today was bought as a new car.
In the 11 and a half years since '04, some things have changed and some things have stayed the same - many changes are tech related. For one thing, laxatives are no longer as tasty or as effective as the Chicken Border Bowl. We've all forgotten about the aux jack, Chingy and the Saturn Outlook, but the Honda Accord and tickets to a Foo Fighters show are still hot. The FIAT brand is back and making fun, affordable cars, and even moderately priced cars offer the option of Bluetooth, adaptive cruise control and in-car apps powered by your phone.
And while all the technology in the world couldn't make you sit through a Selena Gomez song, it can make a daily commute much more enjoyable and even safer.
Here are a few things that have changed since 2004:
- CD Player scarcity. Unfortunately, that sweet compilation CD you burned for your college crush is going to have a hard time finding a home in your next car - sorry, Amy. Cars like the Dodge Dart, Chrysler 200, Chevy Spark and Kia Soul are just a few that don't have a CD player. Hyundai says they may be ditching it soon as well. Thankfully, you can still get the full Morrissey library on iTunes.
If adaptive cruise control is new to you, know this: It will change your commute and your attitude about road trips forever. It works just like normal cruise control by keeping your car at the speed you set. The adaptive part is that, if a car pulls in front of you or you come up on a car faster than it's going, you car will automatically "see" that other car and automatically slow down to match that other vehicle's speed while keeping a safe distance. All you do is steer.
Thankfully, you can relive the early 2000s by downloading a Christina Milian song or binge-watching "Sex and the City" on Amazon Prime. However, when it comes to in-car tech car, you don't have to be quite so "Lost."