Many of the models at the auto show are stocked with Pandora Internet radio, built-in WiFi and streaming Bluetooth audio, another way to listen to music. Newer models of Buick, Chevrolet and GMC are equipped with a pause live radio function, which can record up to 20 minutes of live broadcasting to be played back later.
Some of that technology is to meet the demands of drivers who expect the latest innovations, but other advancements are to keep people safe.
Technological features like accident avoidance sensors, which monitor vehicles surrounding a person's car to prepare for possible collisions, are present in automobiles that will be at the West Virginia International Auto Show.
Cars are also equipped with radar-guided cruise control to minimize rear-end collisions and to sense lane drifting -- important for sleepy drivers.
Introduced last year, the 2013 Ford Explorer, which will be at the auto show, has inflatable rear seat belts.
If the vehicle experiences severe impact, the inflatable rear seatbelts react in a manner that will have a less catastrophic effect on an individual versus a standard seatbelt. The seatbelts are ideal for small children as well as adults since they are located in the outer passenger seats (the center rear seats do no have inflatable seatbelts).
Lemmon said the purpose of the auto show is "two fold" -- to bring the latest technology and vehicles to the buying public but to also provide entertainment.
Tickets purchased at www.WestVirginiaAutoShow.com come with a $1 discount off regular adult admission. Visitors will also receive a free one-year subscription to Motor Trend magazine.
Reach Megan Workman at megan.work...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.