How Tech is Shaping the Golf Cart Industry

It is no secret that technology has changed the way we live. From smartphones to tablets and Alexa home assistant, there are so many ways for people to stay connected with friends and family through social media and other online platforms. With all of these tech advances in society, it was only a matter of time before golf cars were influenced by modern technology. Golf car manufacturers have started adding more tech into their products on the production line in order to keep up with what consumers want. Once consumers purchase their new golf car, they are upgrading with additional aftermarket tech. 

Top Tech for Golf Cars

From GPS systems to Bluetooth sound systems, golf cars have been embracing tech for a while now.  Here are some of the most recent golf car tech improvements we have seen:

Golf Car GPS Systems 

In the past, GPS systems have been added mainly for safety purposes. However, now they are being installed on golf cars used as a way to gain a competitive advantage on the golf course and even find the fastest route to the local coffee shop. On the golf course, GPS tech can be used to sync with golf courses to monitor the activity on the course, receive alerts about flooded areas of the course, and even order food and beverages while on the green. For neighborhood golf cars, GPS is used for monitoring speed, finding riding trails, and getting weather alerts. Although most golf car GPS systems are aftermarket, we are hearing rumors about golf cars with factory-equipped GPS systems.

High Tech Golf Car Sound Systems

Many golf cars have installed sound systems that were once reserved for high-end automobiles. If you are shopping for a golf car today, you can expect to see features like Bluetooth connectivity, USB charging ports (and maybe even an AC port), and TV screens in the dashboards of their golf cars.

Lithium Battery Systems

One of the biggest improvements in golf car technology has been the switch to high-performance lithium battery systems. These new batteries are lighter, smaller, and more powerful than their lead-acid counterparts that were once prevalent on neighborhood electric vehicles and golf course golf cars alike. Plus, they require zero maintenance.

High Tech Golf Course Golf Cars

The Quintero Golf Club worked with Textron to roll out a fleet of E-Z-GO golf cars that were equipped with a touchscreen tablet that synced with technology built into the golf course. Golfers had access to integrated scorekeeping, course maps with 3D flyovers, and GPS tracking. The tablet provided pin placement info, distance to hazards, and pro tips specific to each hole. We suspect that this type of tech integration will become the norm within the next decade.

Garia- The Tech King

When we want a preview of what the golf car of the future will look like, we only need to look to Garia. Always at the forefront of tech relating to golf cars, here are their latest tech features:

  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Reverse camera
  • Built-in touch screen tablet
  • In-seat speakers and sub
  • Low light auto LED headlights

Now that you have a glimpse of the latest golf car tech, what aftermarket tech do you plan to add?

About the Author: The Founder/Former Owner of WHEELZ Custom Carts & Accessories, Julie Starr, was one of the industry‚Äôs first online retailers of golf car products. The eCommerce store, www.WHEELZLLC.com, has served golf car owners since 2008 and remains a popular online shopping experience for golf car owners who want to take their golf cars to the next level.

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