While we may not be floating around in hovercrafts just yet, new model cars are packed with innovative features that get even the least gear orientated person excited. Whether it be for safety, entertainment, usefulness or pure extravagance, the auto industry is constantly revealing new technologies that twenty years ago, would have seemed like radical theories. So now that self-parking vehicles and inbuilt sat-navs are becoming the norm, what does the future hold for new car technologies?
Driverless cars may seem like something you might see in a James Bond film, but they are fast becoming a reality. We already have the ability to autonomously park into spaces, so self-driving cars would seem the next logical step. In fact, for a while now, Google has been testing their Google Driverless Car project that involves developing ground-breaking technologies for autonomous vehicles. So far, it is powered by a software called Google Chauffer and as of September 2012, their invention had completed over 500,000 kilometres of self-driving.
Internet Radio Takeover
It’s predicted that within five years’ time, we will be able to have fully functional internet available in our cars. Do you know what else that mean? An influx of internet radio stations. No more having to flip between the only three good stations (which mostly only have advertisements anyway,) you’ll be able to tune into your Spotify and Pandora accounts with the touch of a button. Some concept vehicles like the Jaguar F-Type Coupe have been playing around with this technology for a while.
Cars That Communicate With Other Cars
Some hazards are unavoidable, but what if I told you that there will be a new technology that warns you of danger before it hits. No more popping tires when that pot hole jumps out of nowhere. No more reversing into the letterbox and no more hazards with idiots who think they can cut you off. Car manufacturers and the U.S Government have been researching into technologies that will permit cars to communicate with each and the objects that surround them. This isn’t just for avoiding Kangaroo’s on the road, this technology will be able to tell users about heavily congested areas and accidents suggesting alternate routes. The idea behind it is to prevent accidents and collisions by allowing the vehicles to send out signals to other cars about their speed, direction, location and potential hazards they pose to other drivers.
Virtual Reality Dashboards
So far, we already have inbuilt displays that are super nifty for getting us from A to B and rear view cameras that stop us from reversing over the kids bicycle. But in the near future, augmented reality technologies will enable drivers to identify external objects and display information or the next course of action on your windshield. It’s like science fiction novels have come to life! Picture this: You may be driving the speed limit, but unawares to you is a trail of vehicles built up in traffic. Normally you would be going too quickly to slow down, but your future car will be able to recognise this and alert you on the windshield how to pull over safely into the next lane to avoid a nasty fender bender.
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