Car Technologies That Will Revolutionize the Way You Drive

How would you like to get behind the wheel of a car and drive someplace without touching the wheel or hitting the brakes? Over the past 10 years, big names in the auto industry have been trying to develop self-driving features in their latest auto models; and while the technology does exist, it may require another 10 years to function flawlessly. The autonomous car technology is not alone in this business, and as technologies advance even further, others have made an impression, too. Future car buyers should prepare themselves for greatness, and soon enough we won’t be driving cars anymore, but giant smart phones on wheels. Here are some advances that will rock your world.

Next generation safety features

Advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning already exist. Next-generation systems are directed toward heavy-duty driving assistance; multiview heads-up displays for instance, promises to revolutionize the overall driving experience. Right now, drivers can’t take their eyes off the road while driving, but they might be able to do that with multiview heads-up display sometime in the future. Picture turn-by-turn navigation arrows and road warnings indicating where your next turn is. At some point we could drive safely with a heads-up display in heavy fog because the system will be integrated with an in-car camera and adaptive cruise control.

Vehicle-to-vehicle & vehicle-to object communication

V2V communication between cars is something most drivers would want have integrated into their systems. With in-car transmitters and sensors placed between roadside devices, cars will be able to send/receive location and speed data using short-range communication (something like wireless connectivity). The system’s main purpose is to improve traffic flow, alert drivers of difficult traffic situations, and avoid collisions.

Connected cars (Wi-Fi)

Those living in crowded urban areas with insane traffic flow will love connected car technology. An excellent example is General Motors’s EN-V concept. The electric networked vehicle is a two-seat driverless vehicle that can share its location, availability and speed information with other cars within its network through Wi-Fi. If you want to go somewhere, all you have to do is “call” a networked vehicle using a smart phone app. The electric vehicle will meet you at a certain location and it will take you wherever you’d like to go. It will have access to real-time traffic information, drop you off at your desired destination, and search for a recharging hotspot.

The technology sounds pretty far-fetched. And yet, it exists. General Motors is planning on releasing a second generation EN-V that can operate on longer distances and with more precision.

Digital diagnosis

Mobile devices, infotainment, and visual cues for are all useful features for drivers. However, lack of car maintenance may lead to travel disasters and undue stress. Car manufacturers are looking into this issue by linking vehicles to the Web and to their manufacturer’s system. Soon enough, sensors will be fully wconnected to the Web and ready to check everything from brake condition and tire pressure.

Blind spot coverage

Headsets with integrated cameras have gone mainstream, so it’s no wonder that manufacturers are trying to develop even greater technology. Blind spots are a thing of the past and you can forget everything about twisting and turning when parking in reverse. The most recent Chrysler models have a new system that features in-built sensors and cameras. When the vehicle senses that it’s being parked, there’s a switch happening in the viewing camera, which then shows the driver’s back view on the front dashboard of the car.

Fuel efficiency

Fuel economy technology makes drivers depend less on conventional gas by altering their way of driving. Ford recently revealed a technology that could save drivers a lot of money on gas. The manufacturer uses indicators on its latest car dashboards which are used to estimate fuel usage in real-time. As a result, the whole way of driving a car can be changed.

Things are looking great for the auto industry. In 10 or maybe 20 years from now, the pioneering technology that’s still in the making will become trivial. Cars of the future will drive faster and the whole driving experience will be completely altered. Thanks to Wi-Fi, in-car cameras, and sensors to prevent accidents, fatality rates on the road will also decrease significantly.

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