Holden banking on tech in new Commodore

Holden's new VF Commodore is centered heavily around new technology

Holden's new VF Commodore sedan.

Holden's new VF Commodore sedan.

As is becoming increasingly common with car manufacturers, Holden is banking on a host of technology to win over new car buyers. In a move that that would make most geeks smile, the company unveiled it's latest VF Commodore family sedan earlier this week and the overriding theme was tech.

Described by Holden as "the most technologically-advanced car ever created in Australia," the VF Commodore has a long list of tech inclusions including an automatic parking assist function. This feature, which will be standard on all new VF Commodore models, basically self-parks the car, with the driver only having to operate the pedals. When the system is activated, the wheel will automatically turn to park either parallel or at 90 degrees. While we're not exactly sure it will breed competent driving, it's certainly a pretty cool feature.

A built-in reverse traffic alert feature is another piece of technology new to the VF Commodore. The system warns of vehicles passing or approaching when reversing out of parking spaces.

The VF Commodore comes with Holden's MyLink infotainment system which has an 8in colour touchscreen display.
The VF Commodore comes with Holden's MyLink infotainment system which has an 8in colour touchscreen display.

There's also a number of other alert systems available on the VF Commodore including a forward collision alert and a lane departure warning. The latter notifies the driver when they are moving outside a lane without indicating, while the forward collision alert that uses a windscreen mounted camera to warn at three preset distance settings. We've seen both features on the Holden Volt long range electric car but it's the first time they've been available on the Commodore.

Blind spot alert is another safety feature on the new Commodore. The door mirrors scan the blind spots of the vehicle and will display an alert on the glass of the mirror when a car moves out of the driver's vision.

An alert is displayed on the glass of the door mirror when a car moves out of the driver's vision.
An alert is displayed on the glass of the door mirror when a car moves out of the driver's vision.

The VF Commodore comes with Holden's MyLink infotainment system comprising of an 8in colour touchscreen display. Features include the ability to access the Pandora streaming music application using your smartphone's internet connection, along with other apps like Stitcher (internet radio) and BringGo (satellite navigation). If you're an iPhone user, the MyLink system is also compatible with Apple's voice recognition function, Siri. Bluetooth, two auxiliary ports and a USB port are also standard on MyLink, though there's no digital radio.

Not enough tech? Keyless entry and start, an electric handbrake and a head-up display unit that projects information like speed directly onto the driver windscreen are also included.

A head-up display unit projects information like speed directly onto the drivers windscreen.
A head-up display unit projects information like speed directly onto the drivers windscreen.

Read more: Holden Commodore SS review

Keep in mind that not all of these features will be standard across all Commodore models, with the exception of park assist. Most of them will be included in the top of the range VF Calais model, but the rest of the Commodore model range hasn't been unveiled yet.

When purchasing a new car, does technology matter to you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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