5 Future car technologies that truly have a chance
Technology is advancing at a rapid rate across all industries. One of the most exciting developments (outside of the medical field) is the work that is being dreamt up on automobiles. Things like self-driving cars, cars that run off electricity, or even cars that run off of used canola oil; the possibilities are endless.
Today we are narrowing down the top 5 dream scenarios for the automobile industry. Scenarios that have not yet broken into the mainstream media, but have realistic chances of becoming something the average consumer can use in the near future.
Self Driving Cars
This is not a new idea, but this dream can definitely come into fruition within the next decade. For quite a while, TV shows and movies have displayed self driving cars in futuristic setingss, but it has never been offered as a legitimate driving option until recently.
Google has already developed self driving cars that have driven over 200,000 miles on public highways and roads. Even large automobile companies, like GM (General Motors), have begun testing with self driving vehicles’. The time saved waiting in traffic is estimated to be cut at least in half with self driving cars (less accidents as well as optimal route integration). That little perk alone should make this dream worth wishing for.
Airbags are nothing new in cars. Yet ever since airbags begun deploying inside of cars, more and more airbags get added into the vehicle every year. What started off as just an airbag for the front two passengers, has now developed into side airbags, knee air bags, even airbags that go off underneath our seat during an accident.
It was only a matter of time before people tried to use airbags to slow a car down. Mercedes has been working on deploying airbags from beneath the car whenever the cars brakes are hit hard suddenly. The job of the airbags would be to push the car upwards, which should stop the dipping motion during hard breaking. This technology has yet to be used in any of Mercedes current cars, but cannot be many years away.
Energy Storing Car Body Panels
With so many car manufactures heading towards making hybrid models, the next step is to be able to charge these cars as easily as possible. Manufactures are looking into finding ways that the body of the car actually charges the batteries within them. My first thought was solar powered, but this seems to be going more along the lines of maintaining the batteries energy and using it more efficiently during the times the car is not turned on. With 9 leading manufactures testing this out in Europe, I would expect some more information on this very soon.
Communicating with other Cars
V2V (Vehicle to Vehicle) communication is something that everyone dreams of. V2V would work by sending wireless signals from one car to another, warning of you of a possible collision; maybe even hitting the brakes for you. This technology could not only decrease the amount of accidents on the road, but it could change the way we drive all together.
Augmented Reality Dashboard
The fifth and final piece of technology that we could see developed in the near future is augmented reality dashboards. The easiest way to think of this is to imagine what Robocop sees out of his eyes. How he can analyze objects, how he can have information shown how close or far objects are, the threat level, etc… BMW is leading the way in this research, with some of their cars already equipped with the most basic versions of this.
With all of these advancements right on the horizon, it looks like things that were once considered fantasy; could be arriving at a dealership near you sooner than expected. I’m not sure how this will affect auto insurance companies, but as a consumer; I cannot wait!