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Thousands of motorists feel ‘overwhelmed’ by the technical capabilities of their cars – with cruise control, assisted parking and getting connected to Bluetooth among the most baffling features.

A study of 500 car owners with a vehicle less than two years old, commissioned by Hyundai, found that 68 per cent said they struggle to get to grips with everything – taken aback by the likes of sport mode, electronic handbrakes and autonomous emergency braking.

And 40 per cent don’t believe they are using their beloved vehicle to its full potential – despite it being the most expensive tech purchase for 86 per cent.

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Sat-navs, voice activation and reverse parking cameras are also things that bemuse drivers, while 19 per cent haven’t even heard of blind spot alert, and 18 per cent don’t know about lane assist or a digital key.

The research also found it took six months for 55 per cent to discover their motor came with certain features.

And in the future, motorists would like to see new tech that helps with comfort (48 per cent), followed by safety (40 per cent), entertainment (33 per cent), navigation (31 per cent), and self-driving (23 per cent).

It also emerged those under 40 are significantly more likely to want more comfort in their car, compared to older people, and 52 per cent of under-30s desire more in-car entertainment.

“It is interesting to see the divide between tech adoption in our wider lifestyle choices and that in our vehicles,” said Ashley Andrew, president of Hyundai Motor UK.

“We want to empower all drivers to embrace the technology available to them and seize the opportunity to engage with our innovative tech for a more pleasurable experience.”

Top 20 pieces of technology in a car that baffle modern car owners

  1. Cruise control
  2. Assisted parking
  3. Connecting different Bluetooth devices
  4. Sports mode
  5. Lane assist
  6. Assisted braking
  7. Different switch location for fog lights
  8. Wireless smartphone connectivity/charging
  9. Electronic handbrakes
  10. Sat nav
  11. Heated steering wheel
  12. Climate control
  13. Voice activation/recognition
  14. Blind spot detection
  15. Remote engine starting
  16. Reverse parking camera
  17. Automatic boot
  18. Blind-spot alert
  19. Massage seats
  20. 360-degree camera