Car design has come a long way in the past 130 years. Styles ebb and flow from clean lines to substantial curves and back again. However, car buyers are always interested in the latest features.
Features such as parking sensors and lane departure alerts are all but standard on the latest vehicles. In fact, in America, a new law may require all vehicles to have a backup camera by 2018. But, numbers show that the cameras haven’t deterred the number of backup accidents.
As these high-tech features become the norm, what’s next? Aside from true luxuries like a built-in snack bar, cars of the future will undoubtedly come standard with newer and better technology. Some already exist as add-ons while other are totally Back to the Future.
Here are some brilliant technologies currently in use and how they could change our future of driving:
Many vehicles already have collision detection as well as lane departure warnings. Future applications may include calls to action such as pre-braking. This is when the car automatically brakes before you do manually.
Currently, back up cameras are popping up everywhere. However, new technology is bringing in wide angle lenses so you can see even more. Plus, they can also be built-in throughout the vehicle for an entire 360° view.
Along with the cameras are sensors to detect any pedestrians that may be in your path or close to the vehicle. In addition, the night vision capability of the camera can also detect humans (and even pets).
Cruise control comes standard, but adaptive cruise control is an extra safety feature. With this, your car can automatically slow down while in cruise control mode if it detects an obstacle in your path. Future advances may bring this technology to lower speeds such as stop and go traffic.
In-car communication is currently only limited to your smartphone or services such as OnStar. However, the future may have a more seamless approach. Car-to-car communication could offer an easy way to share information on the road.
Future cars may give us the ability to be more connected than ever. This would be in the form of texts, emails, Siri, Wi-Fi, and more.
In addition to in-car communication, you may be able to access all of your apps in the future. At the moment, internet radio stations and navigation apps already integrate nicely. However, future technology could see social media included (only when parked, of course).
Fuel prices and location are always on the mind of drivers. Currently, most cars can show your average mileage per gallon. In the future, be ready to see more precision in the information as well as tips on how to maximise your petrol usage.
Smart technology isn’t limited to user experience; your car might be grateful, too. An intelligent engine may see a hybrid and a lot more electric options.
Going beyond the simple choices of fabric or leather, cars of the future may become more exotic. This may not be in the form of leather (although an alligator exterior isn’t out of the realm of possibility), but materials such as carbon fibre.
Does your car have any futuristic technology that’s ahead of the curve?