The 10 Techiest Cars of 2014 Drive, Park, and Even Smell Better Than You Do (Yep)

Packed with radars, sensors, cameras, and more, the techiest cars of 2014 aren't quite ready to drive themselves, but they are ready to compensate for their drivers' all-too-human failings, whether it's straying from the lane or sucking at parallel parking. They also boast the latest in human-to-car interfaces, including multiple screens, touchpads, joysticks, and even writing input.

By Sarah Jacobsson Purewal
Wed, December 04, 2013

IDG News Service — Packed with radars, sensors, cameras, and more, the techiest cars of 2014 aren't quite ready to drive themselves, but they are ready to compensate for their drivers' all-too-human failings, whether it's straying from the lane or sucking at parallel parking. They also boast the latest in human-to-car interfaces, including multiple screens, touchpads, joysticks, and even writing input.

Connectivity is the third big trend in high-tech cars: Who offers it, for how much, and with which apps. And yes, there is a car that smells great--take a whiff of the Mercedes-Benz S550, below. (What you won't see are the latest all-electric and hybrid cars, which merit a list all their own.)

As car tech hurtles toward a self-driving future, theA line between the human's duties and the car's is increasingly foggy. If 2014's techiest cars say anything, it's that your vehicle's skills may soon matter more than your own.

1. Infiniti Q50

The Infiniti Q50 tops our list with anA industry first: Direct Adaptive Steering (or DAS), also known as drive-by-wire, because it controls steering using an all-electronic method (although there is a backup mechanical system). DAS in turn enables two safety features--active lane control and predictive forward collision warning--that make it one of the closest things you'll find to an autonomous vehicle.

Active lane control monitors lane markings with a forward-facing camera and adjusts the steering angle accordingly. Predictive forward collision warning alerts you if the car ahead of you is slowing down or stopping--and it can also watch the car ahead of that one.

Infiniti's InTouch infotainment system in the Q50 comprises two center-console touchscreens and serves up vehicle apps such as email, driving performance, and a stylized compass, as well as InTouch navigation and a digital concierge service.

2. Lexus IS 350 F Sport

The IS 350 F Sport is the techiest of all IS models. Let's start with the fun parts. The Drive Mode Select dial on the center console lets you toggle effortlessly between a sensible Eco driving mode, and a performance-oriented Sport mode. For a bit more race-car flavor, the IS 350 F Sport also has a moveable instrument-cluster dial that's inspired by the Lexus LFA supercar.

You control the main display not with your finger or buttons, but with Remote Touch, a joystick that looks like a soft, leather pad and is impressively responsive. Two minor issues: You'll have to take your eyes off the road to ensure that you're landing on the right place on screen, and pressing the joystick to select something can feel awkward.

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