4 Future Automotive Technologies
We have been well accustomed to be surrounded by various gadgets. From full functioning robotics to highly portable smartphones, we are at the edge of a revolution in the technology. However, cars seem to have slower pace of development, but if we look at the closely enough, we could see any kind of bells and whistles that may impress us.
- Augmented Reality Dashboards: Just a decade ago, it is considered cutting edge to have a GPS-based navigation device on our dashboard. However, the next step is to embed the information into the car’s windscreen. Other than navigation information, we could also get information related to fuel gauge, rev counter, parking sensor, speed, engine temperature and others. All facets of the information can be controlled through the use of touchscreen controls. We may also control many components of the car using the display, such as headlights, stereo, windows, air conditioning and others. An object can be zoomed so drivers know what it is and there could also be a light amplification feature to see better at night:
- Solar Roadways: This technology may potentially change the world of transportation. It is able to wirelessly charge electrical cars while they drive. It is a brand new insight on how we fuel air car very cleanly. Electric cars are always seen as an alternative to diesel and gasoline powered cars. Solar roadways are a way to reduce the overall carbon emission very significantly. In an ideal situation, drivers won’t need to refuel their car or at least they will be able to recharge their cars less at home or at work. Wireless charging is already a common technology used for mobile devices and energy derived from solar panels can definitely be transferred to passing cars.
- Fully Autonomous Cars: This is actually not a new idea and we have seen how this technology is implemented on older sci-fi films. The availability of GPS-based navigation and wireless network has made it possible for the emergence of autonomous cars. We obviously need plenty of reliable sensors to replace human’s eyes and intuition.
- External Airbags: External airbags can enhance the safety on the road. In many cases, damages on the cars can be quite expensive and external airbags will not only cushion the car from impacts; but also make it much cheaper to repair damage. Just like internal airbags, these external models are inflated in just milliseconds and the car will be much protected from impacts. Instead of using shocks as triggers, the car will have multiple small cameras and radiowave sensors to determine when the airbag should be inflated. Small Doppler radar can help to not only detect the distance of the object, but also its speed. The internal computer will determine the position, direction and speed of our car and the other car. It means that it will decide when a collision is inevitable. When the other is just inches away, the external airbag will be inflated. Although there could be some dents on the other car, the damage will much minimized and injuries can be prevented.