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7 car tech features we can't wait to hit the road with this year

From self drivers to tire smokers, here are just a few of the features we're most looking forward to hitting the road this year.

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Cadillac rear-camera mirror

The new Cadillac CT6 is the first vehicle to hit the road with this innovative feature: a rear-view mirror that switches to a digital camera feed with the touch of a toggle.

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Cadillac rear camera mirror

GM's rear camera mirror will give you a wider view than a traditional mirror and it won't be obstructed by bulky objects or heads on the second row. This technology will also feature in Chevrolet's upcoming Bolt EV.

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Mazda retractable fastback

Mazda's MX-5 Miata debuted a new variant at this year's New York Auto Show that's raised a ton of questions and left me stunned by its beauty.

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Mazda retractable fastback

I'd like to know how the new MX-5 RF's motorized retractable fastback affects the Miata's headroom. I also want to know how quiet it is at highway speeds and, most importantly, how the weight affects the tossable Miata's driving character. My Roadshow colleagues and I can't wait to get this hotly debated machine on the road.

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Ford Pro Trailer's backup assist

Ford's new F-150 wants to make maneuvering with a bulky trailer as easy as twisting a knob with its new backup assist function.

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Ford Pro Trailer backup assist

Backup assist automatically steers the truck while it's reversing. This keeps the trailer lined up and moving in the right direction while the driver guides the movement with a dashboard knob.

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Lincoln 30-way power adjustable seat

Is it weird that I'm so excited about the next generation of seat technology from Lincoln? Maybe, but the automaker's new 30-way power adjustable seats offer an unprecedented degree of customization to cater to any passenger's unique behind.

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Lincoln 30-way power adjustable seat

The new thrones will be first featured in Lincoln's Continental large sedan and offer individual articulation and support of each of the passenger's legs, buns and more.

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BMW remote valet parking assistant

Today's hottest tech cars can already park themselves with you behind the wheel. Tomorrow's cars will act as their own valets, parking themselves after dropping off the driver at their doorstep. At least, that's the promise of BMW's "remote valet parking assistant".

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BMW remote valet parking assistant

The remote valet assistant -- and similar features coming soon from Tesla and VW -- will allow your BMW to guide itself into a garage or parking space and then return to meet the driver later at the touch of a button or app.

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Volvo Pilot Assist 2

Volvo has pledged that the S90 luxury sedan will be the first vehicle to hit the market with standard autonomous driving tech.

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Volvo Pilot Assist 2

This feature will guide the car along a marked highway -- staying between the lane lines and maintaining a safe following distance if a car is ahead of it -- all without the driver's intervention. This is similar to Tesla's Autopilot technology.

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Ford drift mode

We're looking forward to the promises of autonomous driving and increased comfort, but the Ford Focus RS has us looking forward to tire-demolishing power.

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Ford drift mode

Its so-called "drift mode" tweaks the performance of the all-wheel drive system to make sliding sideways easier. Yes, please!

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