Gone are the days of having a co-driver that struggles to read a map, pass a snack or even find the perfect CD to pop in on road trips.
The modern car is equipped with loads of technology that makes the driving experience very interactive. From integrated maps, connection to your social media by app integration and most recently, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistant that handles everything from navigation, playlists and checking up what time your favourite restaurant closes.
That convenience requires power
The price for the convenience of an AI-assistant is worked into the cost of the car, but the real cost of it is power. How are all these technological advancements powered?
Most vehicle manufacturers take the approach of using two batteries as opposed to the traditional single battery.
With one battery powering the vehicle itself, the secondary battery is usually smaller and powers the electronics that house the AI-assistant.
What happens when your car battery needs replacing?
It’s time to explore your battery options
For most of these tech-heavy cars, they are still in their maintenance plan, which means a battery replacement is under the guidance of the vehicle manufacturer.
The real cost comes when the car is out of its maintenance plan. These vehicles are equipped with Stop/Start technology and the tech extras that make the car more interactive, a special type of battery is needed. In most cases they use AGM batteries or Lithium-ion packs that assist with the power consumption.
When the time comes for a battery replacement, vehicle owners lean towards the trusted battery specialists at Battery Centre. With more than 50 years of experience, their product catalogue includes all drivers need to keep their smart-car moving.
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