Tech and the environment for cars

One of the things that makes so many drivers uncomfortable is the trade-off between driving and pollution. We want the latest cars, but also want to be able to do the best we can with regard to the environment. An often overlooked aspect, however, is how better technology actually leads to better treatment of the environment, less waste and improved conservation.

Consider for example Land Rover’s new feature.

“Land Rover doesn’t want drivers thumping into potholes any more. It’s developing a series of sensors that can detect when a car goes over a pothole and then relay that information both to local road authorities, which could go out and repair them, and to other vehicles, which could warn drivers of a pothole’s presence or adjust their suspension to make travel smoother. Land Rover also says the tech will be able to detect broken drain covers and raised manhole covers, and it believes the tech will ultimately reduce damage to vehicles.”

The important part isn’t actually the technology, but that last part: “reduce damage to vehicles”.

Consumer Reports and other places have noted how expensive it is to maintain a car.

“Costs can be divided into carrying costs (those tied to the vehicle purchase) and operating costs associated with ongoing driving expenses. Operating costs include fuel, insurance, and maintenance and repair costs. Depreciation, interest, and tax are carrying costs.

Carrying costs diminish significantly over time, while operating costs rise slightly, primarily due to increasing maintenance and repair costs. Still, on average, operating costs are less than carrying costs until a vehicle is about five years old.

Still, we found that some cars are expensive to drive, even though they’re affordable to park in your garage. Some small cars, for example, have low prices, but their high insurance costs make them relatively expensive to operate.”

The better condition your car is in and the better it is treated, the less you spend on maintaining it. It means less resources are used to keep it afloat, which itself means less damage to the environment. This comes about through better technology, such as avoiding potholes – even though it sounds fancy, it could mean less repairs. Saving car costs not only benefits your wallet, but the environment, too.

Other options, such as looking at pre owned cars in South Africa, avoiding unnecessary extras, cutting down on speeds, etc., also all contribute; for example, buying second hand means reusing a car, rather than letting it become yet more waste our planet must carry.