In the past few years, technology has evolved majorly, especially in the last two decades. In fact, the modern era in automobile history is enclosed within the last 25 years. From diesel to electric and manual to self-driving cars, the last few years have been very exciting for the automobile industry and its fans.
This year, i.e., 2017 is no exception. Technologically advanced smart vehicles have crept into most production lines. Brands such as Aston Martin and Alfa Romeo have retained their classic touch and set new innovation standards.
Facial recognition or retina scanning will soon unlock cars. Inclusively, car systems will soon be able to learn and predict driving behavior and take into account surrounding temperatures and conditions to control vehicle settings and create an environment of maximum comfort.
With so much going on, these seven car technologies are the ones we believe will make it big in the coming years
1. V2V Communication
The future of automobile safety lies within Vehicle-2-Vehicle (V2V) communication. Among the car enthusiasts in Detroit, this is going to be a massive game-changer and the ‘Next Big Thing’.
How exactly will our cars communicate with each other? As cars get smarter, they will be transmitting and receiving external data through the cloud.
Cars with V2V will be gathering numerous amounts of info at all times from a diverse range of sources. They will ‘talk’ to each other by exchanging this data, ultimately alerting drivers of potential collisions, and even get updates on traffic; which on a large scale would drastically increase road safety and reduce congestion.
The National Highway Traffic Safety has already expressed its new requirement for all cars to have this feature by 2023 as cars will be receiving and sending information about the current position, speed, and direction.
2. Self-Driving Cars
Manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz have jumped on the new trend and showed off their latest model, which is fully autonomous. Predictions are that by the year 2020, most cars will be autonomous, i.e., completely automatic. Google has already had many successful driverless test runs in California.
General Motors has said they will have their own autonomous vehicles on the road by 2018, while Nevada has already accepted licenses for autonomous vehicles. Additionally, cars will also have co-pilots that will be using a variety of sensors such as ultrasounds and radar to make sure the surroundings are safe. Another idea is that self-driving cars will act as a unit by driving together in a particular formation.
3. Augmented Reality Dashboards
Think Matrix meets the Terminator!
Any data about the environment will pull up on your windshield on top of your current view. The augmented reality system may present arrows and other cautionary details to warn or inform the person sitting inside.
On the manufacturing side, BMW has been researching the use of augmented reality in specialized tools that help in looking through machinery.
These tools will enable a full layer-by-layer inspection of the machinery without taking it all apart to assess the fault. Furthermore, step-by-step instructions will be provided about how to solve the issue.
4. Digital Apps and Holograms
In tune with augmented reality, the future of smart cars may bring with it a greater ‘connected state.’ One in which all cars would be connected to the cloud.
The shift from hardware to software will fundamentally rewire the way we have been using cars. Car services could become as simple as downloading apps from the play store – which opens up a whole new market for app developers to create more car-related apps to reshape the future of the automobile industry.
Companies such as GEElab are working on in-car entertainment facilitation, which is a combination of motion sensors and holograms. While the system is framed around the Wifi experience, the incorporation of holograms could eventually play a big part in cars.
Mercedes takes it up a notch in their S-class and CL-class, which features split dashboard screens for the passenger, and driver, which is not yet legal in all states.
5. Airbag 2.0
Technologically advanced smart vehicles have seen airbags in the classic form as well as in modern forms. Currently, airbags are found in a multitude of places in a car from curtain airbags to knee and seatbelt airbags. Mercedes newest venture aims to bring airbags into the forefront of safety. The multinational has been experimenting with airbags that deploy on the underside of the car to help it stop before the occurrence of a collision.
The most functional aspect of an airbag is the fact that it can work with existing technology. While the process has been underway for several years, it is not yet available.
6. Energy Storing Body Panels
As technology evolves, every second there is good news for advanced smart car owners everywhere. By 2040, Exxon predicts that half of all cars produced will be hybrids. The main issue up until now has been the sheer weight of the batteries used in smart cars; even the lithium-ion battery solution carries a certain amount of weight.
Nine automobile manufacturers in Europe are experimenting with car body panels that would store energy and charge faster. Manufacturers like Toyota have taken it a step higher by looking into body panels that would charge by capturing and harnessing solar energy.
The first time Toyota talked about their flying car was at the 2014 auto show in Delhi, and now while still a prototype, Toyota has technologically advanced itself out of the smart cars league and into the car of the future.
While the prototype and concept were demonstrated earlier this year, it could only hover a few feet in the air before falling back down. The company has expressed that its vision is for SkyDrive to light the torch at the next Olympics.
While many manufacturers have begun to dabble in technologically advanced smart vehicles, some product lines such as the Alfa Romeo still believe in performance-based cars while others such as Mercedes Benz believe in the ultimate dream car.
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