Charles Sanville

An automotive technician, Charles Sanville is behind the HumbleMechanic YouTube channel, a destination for automotive mechanic videos. If you want to know how to work on your car or see why parts fail, check out his YouTube channel.

In your opinion, what was the greatest technological advancement to come from the world of automotive? 

The greatest technological advancements all revolve around safety. There are so many things that happen in the event of a collision – airbags can deploy, pyrotechnics ignite and retract seatbelts, cars can even call for rescue and send GPS signals. Now, the focus has shifted to collision avoidance systems. Things like adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning are all systems developed to keep people safe.

What are three tech features you most appreciate on your personal car?

We just leased a 2015 VW Tiguan and I really like fault warning systems such as tire pressure monitoring and bulb out indicators. I also love that I can roll the windows down with the remote to allow the car to cool off. Keyless entry is also a must. It’s the simple things that can make life so much easier.

Self-driving, autonomous vehicles...for or against?

Yes, I am all for it! I am 100-percent a car enthusiast, and I love driving, but there are also a ton of folks who could not care less about cars. I think autonomous cars are perfect for them. I see great opportunity for things like airport shuttles to get the autonomous car ball rolling.

What's the one piece of tech you're still waiting for in a vehicle?

There’s only one right answer here: flying cars!