Top 10 advanced car technologies we’ll see in just the next five years.
Technology is now an integral part of our way of life; it has infiltrated every part of our existence. The speed of advancement is now so impressive that it almost appears there is something new every day. Transport has been affected just as much as any other area of our lives. Personal transport is being revolutionised every year. Each new car release has some new gadget that we cannot live without. Annual motor shows highlight some of the potential future changes. They provide an opportunity for manufacturers to show off the latest steps forward in technology.
Many of these technologies are in the early development stage and could take a long time to become part of our everyday lives. There are, however, a few which will be out in the near future or have just been released, this is particularly important for sales. Below we’re presenting a list with 10 car technologies which will be available within the next five years:
- Autonomous Vehicle
Manufacturers have been putting a lot of resources into these cars. Whilst it is highly unlikely that a fully autonomous vehicle will be available within five years, it is extremely likely that these cars will be available to use in certain conditions. The weather will need to be good with very few road variables but the technology will quickly build from there.
- Driver Override Systems
There are already systems which enable a car to stop, even if you do not touch the brakes. Sensor technology has now become so advanced that a car will be able to decide if you need to stop and apply the brakes. It will not matter if you are accelerating at the time.
- Biometric Vehicle Entry
Many vehicles have moved from the traditional key to keyless entry systems. Equally many other devices, such as laptops or mobile phones use biometrics instead of passwords. It will not be long before the keyless entry into the car is replaced with a fingerprint scan, allowing you entrance and starting the car.
- Comprehensive Vehicle Tracking
It is already possible to track a car via GPS and to know how many miles have been driven including average speed and driving style. The idea of drivers being fully tracked in order to track mileage is already being discussed by governments eager to charge people by the mile. Insurance companies will utilize the vehicle tracking technology to offer reduced rates to some drivers.
- Head Up Displays
Huge advancements have been made in this field since the early HUD’s of fifteen to twenty years ago. It is likely that this technology will be able to display graphics onto a windscreen, even highlighting the next turn, almost like playing a video game!
- Remote Vehicle Shutdown
OnStar already use the remote vehicle shutdown technology, but most people do not know it exists. In the next few years awareness will increase and the number of police chases stopped or stolen cars recovered will increase.
- Active Health Monitoring
This technology already exists in part, but the pieces have not been put together yet. Sensors in a seatbelt could wirelessly connect to something on your person, maybe your cell phone. Should you suffer a heart attack the active health monitoring sensors will alert the car to pull over and call for help – using the autonomous technology in point 1.
- Four Cylinder Super Car
Ford has already shown a V6 twin turbo which produces 600 horsepower. This lightweight engine, combined with a carbon fibre body will enable us to see 200mph plus cars on the road!
- Personalised In Car Marketing
The majority of people already get targeted advertising based on their behavior, linked to social media sites. An extension of this will be the car connecting to the internet, which is much more than a distant possibility. Advertisers will then be able to target you in your car based on location or driving style.
- Reconfigurable Body panels
No longer will you need to choose between that family friendly vehicle and the powerful truck. With lightweight body panels and some good motors, it will be possible to move panels out of the way. The car will be reconfigured into a truck, although a sports car may be a step to far at this stage.
By Jason Phillips and Ppcgb.com!