Car technologies that are commonplace today were sci-fi concepts only a few decades ago. Nobody could have predicted just how fast and specific the vehicular tech advancements would be, but here we are – completely spoiled by the toys at our disposal. It would be unfair to rank some promising features according to their usefulness and probable ubiquity because a lot of it is a matter of opinion, so here are 5 car technologies that will (probably) spoil us, in no particular order.
- Autonomous car
Let us commence our list with the big guns – the self-driving, autonomous vehicle that has been the dream of science fiction for half a century is becoming a reality. Of course, this is not a discussion about the existing technologies and concessions made to accommodate certain level assistance. This is a consideration of full vehicular autonomy in a car that anyone can afford. Just imagine an AI controlled vehicle that calculates variables such as weather conditions and the level of moisture on the asphalt in real time.
- Safety measures
Proximity notification systems and trackers are pretty much standard these days, but sophistication in this field will have a profound influence on how safe we feel in our vehicles. This is especially useful for insecure drivers. For example, rear cross-traffic alert is a major addition to the overall safety measures this year, and it goes beyond loud beeps – it can be programmed to automatically break before a collision. This is especially useful in tight spots and in parking lots where most of the pricy chips and crashes occur.
Numerous vehicles sport this feature today, but it is not as widespread as it should be. In fact, the car industry has come to the mutual agreement that AEB (which is short for Automatic Emergency Breaking) should be standardized across the globe by the year 2022.
- Invisible connective tissue
Top-notch engineers are constantly pushing boundaries when it comes to the minute details. For example, reinforcing connectors of hoses and metal tubing such as AN threads is something that is not as visible or directly felt by the driver, but it makes all the difference in the world. AN fittings from T.I. Performance for a car at the top of its game are easy to fit, which adds to the endurance and integrity of the car as the industry makes transitions to lighter components.
Due to a matter of safety, we cannot sacrifice integrity for lightweight materials, and compensations are made with such small details and “connective tissues”. It’s just like with video games – we tend to get so enraptured with innovative graphics and sleek gameplay that we tend to overlook that the programming has gotten tighter too (in other words, we are most definitely spoiled).
- Biometric locks
Biometrics is the safety measure of the future. There is hardly a more elegant, more sophisticated idea than locks and firewalls that are attuned to open only when you engage with them. Remote car keys are about to be replaced with biometric, completely keyless methods of unlocking and entering the vehicle. The same goes for starting a car. This is particularly useful if you have a tendency to lose stuff – as you’ll need nothing more than your fingertips for the entirety of the trip.
- Real-time health monitoring
What if you faint or have a heart attack behind the steering wheel in the middle of the most hectic afternoon traffic? This is far from an impossible scenario, which is why car and software engineers are working in tandem to create the foolproof real-time health monitoring system – the last word in vehicle safety tech. Essentially, the car is to connect wirelessly to sensors embedded in the steering wheel and the seatbelts which are meant to track your biological functions. In case of an emergency, the car hypothetically seizes control, pulls over, and calls the paramedics. Just imagine how many lives this could save!
You do not have to be a rocket scientist to see where the trends are going – more sophisticated sensors coupled with collision avoidance, even smarter AIs, alternative fuels and lighter materials. Will witty banter with your car become something as common as shifting gears? Only time can tell. Experience has taught us that the journey, no matter how predictable it seems, is always full of surprises.