As we are half way through 2016, we are seeing an increase in car technology. Remember when cell phone technology was first being implemented in vehicles? These functions are now standard features in almost every auto on the market today.
This is a great sign that car technology will continuously improve and become reality at a very rapid rate. Here’s a look at some of the top automotive technology features to you can look forward to!
Autonomous Car Functions
Cars today can already perform some autonomous functions (automatic actions without the driver’s control). Such functions include automatic braking and automatic parking. While fully autonomous vehicles probably won’t be available until 2020 (which, in the car world, is not that far away), in the upcoming months and years, we can expect additional progress in pre-existing autonomous car technology, as well as brand new developments. It is predicted that nearly all vehicles should come equipped with autonomous braking by the year 2022.
Various Safety-Related Features
Currently, we are seeing a ton of research and development being put into various safety-related technology enhancements. You may have already seen many of them in TV commercials and internet ads. Many of these involve some sort of autonomous technology as well. Some of these interesting safety features in the works include:
- Hands off “doze control”: Driver override if the car senses both hands off the wheel
- Health vital signs monitors: For example, seat belts that sense the driver’s heart rate
- Driver override systems/Remote shut-down: For example, if the driver has a medical emergency, or if there is a police chase
We can continue to expect numerous safety-related technology in every aspect of driving and vehicle operation, including safer restraint and airbag systems, and other features.
Heads-up display (HUD) refers to information displays that are integrated right on the vehicle’s windshield rather than on the dashboard. HUD allows the driver to get informational feedback such as speed, engine information and even navigating direction (turn arrows) without having to take their eyes off the road. This technology was first applied to fighter jets like the F/A-18 Hornet (the Blue Angel’s traditional jet), but now it’s being added to vehicles.
Biometric Vehicle Access
Biometric vehicle access technology will allow car owners to forgo old-school key units and use other entry/start methods instead. These will most likely involve fingerprint technology similar to that already being used for cell phones.
Adaptable Car Paneling
Imagine if you could reconfigure your vehicle’s body panels to create a new look for your car at the touch of a button, transformer-style? Developers are currently researching adjustable car paneling. These can have both aesthetic and performance-related purposes. Pretty soon, everyone might be able to own both a sports car and a truck, all in one vehicle!
You may notice that many of these technology advancements involve safety. Once safety features have become standardized, who knows what bounds car technology could reach.
While we wait for these new car technologies to be developed, be sure to keep your eye out for the latest technology, and make sure you’re keeping your current vehicle in working order. Stop by Autoworks if you need regular maintenance or a complete car check-up. Our team of certified technicians uses the latest technology to help keep your car running in great shape! Contact us with the link below for more information!