My Car Does What? New Site Can Help Identify Your Car’s High-Tech Features

my car does what new site can help identify your cars high tech features shutterstock 294981656
Men take pride in knowing a lot about their vehicles. When talkin’ shop, dudes love to casually mention torque, horsepower, number of “V”s, etc. However, advanced technology is making it harder for guys to boast about all the things in their cars — mostly because they aren’t exactly sure what this stuff is or what it does.

MyCarDoesWhat.org — a collaboration of the National Safety Council and University of Iowa — can help folks keep up with the ever-increasing sophistication of modern automobiles. The site makes it easy to navigate dozens of safety features, including “Anti-Lock Braking System,” “Blind Spot Monitoring,” and “Curve Speed Warning.” Clicking each feature will lead you to a simple description of what it does and why it’s important.

my car does what

Of course, many of the features are pretty straightforward; for example, you probably know what a back-up camera is, and the tire pressure monitoring system is pretty clear. But there are a few other items that you might not know about; “health and workload monitoring,” for example. What the heck does that do? Well, here’s the answer, according to MyCarDoesWhat.org: “This developing feature is intended to monitor your vitals while driving, informing you if you’re overly stressed or ill. This feature may alter car functions, such as silencing the radio, during a health emergency.” So there you have it.

Related: How to Prepare Your Ride for a Road Trip

The site can also come in handy while you’re shopping for a new car. As the auto sales representative lists safety features, you can just whip out your smartphone and find out what they mean. It’s also nice to know what your car can and cannot do when faced with dangerous situations.

This site is just the beginning of a larger education campaign, which is set to launch this fall. Stay tuned — but also, keep your eyes on the road.

Travel

Ecuador Travel Guide: What to Know Before You Go

We've got tips for everything from navigating your way around the country to what kinds of food to expect.
Living

Idaho is the Ideal Place for a Mountain Home and Payette Lake Cliff House Proves It

Massive boulders seem to rise up out of the ground right into the home at this innovative retreat in Idaho.
Auto

Jaguar’s Newest F-Type is Rally Car Begging to Go Off Road

Jaguar XK 120 (left) and the rally-ready Jaguar F-Type (right). Dirt is a special substance. It can be both soft and hard. Dirty and clean. And when you’re flying across a section of dirt road in a specially outfitted rally car, it can be…
Food & Drink

Everything You Need to Know About Firstleaf Wine Club

Know nothing about ordering wine? A wine club can help you out.
Living

Find Perfect Harmony Between Architecture and Nature at Amangiri Resort

This secluded desert getaway is helping to reshape the idea of what Southwestern style can be.
Living

How to Clean Your House or Apartment in 30 Minutes or Less

This isn’t a deep clean. It’s an, “Oh shit, I really should have done something earlier and now it’s gonna take a miracle to do this” clean.
Living

Baby on the Way? Here’s How to Support Your Pregnant Wife

Pregnancy requires you to get proactive, pal. She’s driving the car, but you are the entire pit crew.
Living

Dive In (Literally) to This Minimalist Lakeside Retreat in the Netherlands

Once the walls open up, you can dive right into the water from the living room.
Living

An Old Garage Is Transformed Into an Artist’s Home and Studio in San Francisco

Yes, that's a red Fiat hanging from the ceiling.
Living

From Milan to Mars, Architect Stefano Boeri is Creating Vertical Forests

A combination of housing shortages and climate change led to the creation of Vertical Forests which blend housing and landscaping into one amazing building.
Living

What’s a Salt Cave and Why Are They So Damned Relaxing?

Experiencing Halotherapy in a salt cave can be pure relaxation or relaxing purification depending on how you look at it.
Food & Drink

Say No to Disposables with All the Best Reusable Lunch Gear for Guys

From straws to cutlery to sandwich bags, there's a reusable option for everything that comes with a traditional takeout lunch.
Living

Heat Up Your Digs with One of Our Picks for the Best Space Heaters

Admit it, you need a little extra warmth this winter.
Living

5 Seriously Stylish Dog Houses to Pamper Your Puppers

There will be no question about who’s a good boy when you get Fido one of these amazing dog houses.