5 Car Technologies of the Future
5 Car Technologies of the Future
When I took my car to be serviced, I was given a complimentary car which apparently could parallel park by itself. I assumed this was a joke as it took me so long to learn this tricky manoeuvre that my driving instructor, who had gone five weeks without smoking, had to take the habit up again. After many attempts, the rumours were true. It did in fact park itself. Whatever will they come up with next I hear you say! Well……
External Airbags – By placing these pillowy contraptions on the outside of our vehicles it is believed the car would stop before it crashes, as sensors would determine an impact is inevitable. The bags have a friction coating that helps slow the car down and can double the stopping power of the vehicle. This could reduce the impact on a vehicle’s interior by up to 35%.
Augmented Reality Dashboards – Soon it is believed that satnavs will be on the out as information about external objects will be displayed on the windshield, overlaying information on top of what a driver is seeing in real life. For example, it could show you which lane you need to be in, how to steer to avoid crashing into a car in front. Incredibly ‘they’ are even designing glasses with augmented reality technologies to be used for fixing a car, showing you what needs to be replaced and step by step instructions on how to do it.
Self-Driving Cars – In California, google has already tested self-driving cars for more than 200,000 miles on public highways and roads. The Google cars record images of the road, view road signs, find alternative routes and see traffic lights before they are visible to the person. By using lasers, radars and cameras the cars will be able to see and process information faster than a human can.
To prevent motorway collisions and traffic, the cars would work together as a unit, driving very closely to avoid the distractions that a human would have to face.
Cars which talk to each other – cars would be able to use wireless signals to trade information about traffic, weather and road conditions. They would even be able to send their location, speed and direction to warn each other of potential safety hazard, such as a car drifting into your lane. This would reduce car collisions as the cars would be kept within safe distances of each other. The vehicle to vehicle technology could even request information from a traffic management system to access the best route to take.
Cars monitoring the health and wellbeing of the driver – Technologies are being developed to monitor heart rate, eye movements and brain activities of the driver to assess and detect sleepiness to heart attacks or strokes. Even more so, technology is being developed to detect the level of alcohol in the driver’s sweat, in a bid to tackle drink-driving. Diabetic drivers could even be alerted when their blood sugars drop or it could detect the pollution levels in the air and monitor an asthmatic’s breathing.
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