It seems like today’s automobiles are the most incredible feats of engineering, but it appears that they are not finished improving the cars of the future with even more technological advances. Research and development is focusing on the areas of safety, reliability, interconnectivity in communications, passenger comfort, and fuel efficiency. All of these improvements will make the cars of the future something bordering on something out of a science fiction movie.
Safety and Reliability
Safety and reliability are something that most passengers and drivers do not think about on a daily basis. They don’t have to with the technology that already exists in this area. They will have to think about it even less in the future. New collision avoidance systems are being developed that will use a cross between laser and radar guidance systems to prevent fender benders that occur under 9 mph. The new systems will be able to reduce the force of faster crashes by up to 18 miles per hour. This can mean a big difference when it comes to vehicle injuries and fatalities.
Smart Phones, Now Even Smarter Cars
Smart phones are everywhere, but the next generation of smart cars focuses on more than running on electricity. Technology is being developed that will literally give your car a mind of its own. Software is being developed that will sense when the driver is too tired to operate the vehicle safety. Another type of software will be able to sense when you have had too much to drink to be able to operate the vehicle. These software packages will allow your car to talk back to you, telling you to perk up or even refusing to start until a sober driver is behind the wheel. Some of this technology is already on the market on a limited basis, but the auto industry promises that it will become more commonplace and more interactive.
Let’s take this idea of smart technology in cars even further. What if your car tells you that you are too tipsy to drive and then it takes the wheel and safely delivers you home? This is not as farfetched as it would seem. Research is currently underway to develop a car that literally drives itself. The driver will be able to put in a destination and the car will then drive you there quickly and safely. This would allow you plenty of time to get an extra nap, have the breakfast that you missed, or finish putting on your makeup without having to worry about safety. This technology is not as far off as it would seem. Models are already being tested.