The power of technology is continually changing the world we live in. The way we communicate, the way we exercise, the way we consume entertainment, even the way we eat has all been rapidly altered.
Having takeaway home deliveries by ordering through the phone was believed to be the most high-tech we could ever get. Nowadays, app-based services such as Deliveroo and Uber Eats remove the little human interaction there was and allow the user to order food without even speaking to someone.
The automotive industry has inevitably experienced the effects of rapidly developing technologies, with car manufacturers doing their best to stay on track with new innovations.
At the rate that smart technology is advancing, companies have to work hard to avoid being left behind. We’ve already seen huge advancements such as in-car Bluetooth systems, dash-cams, and key finders. But what’s next for the world of automotive tech? The smart technology predictions over the next few years are set to totally revolutionise the way people drive. These new ideas will focus on safer driving, easier driving, and adding more fun enhancements to your driving experience.
When cars and gadgets sync
Furthermore, new cars are more likely to offer built-in app integrations. Recent innovations have seen car manufacturers such as Hyundai, pair up with the Android Wear app which allows users to complete a number of commands from your smart watch. From your watch you can start your engine remotely, lock your car’s doors, sound your horn, and turn the headlights on and off.
Furthermore, built-in integration with apps is set to become more commonplace with new car models. Many models now integrate popular apps into the infotainment system, making it look just like the usual screen on your phone.
To reinforce your driving experience, cars may come with augmented reality dashboards. Giving your dashboard a video-game aesthetic, AR displays will show any information you need to know about the car itself. They will also give you other vital information about the road, such as how quickly you’re approaching another car, and how best to avoid collisions.
Autonomous cars have been an imaginative dream for many years. The idea once seemed futuristic and farfetched, but the tech is now being developed and tested by leading automotive companies such as Audi. Similar to the idea behind inter-car communication, self-driving cars are set to reduce the risk of human error on the road. The result? A safer and more reliable way to travel.
In 2009 Google set up the Waymo Self-Driving Car. After ordering a Waymo on an app, a self-driving car will pick you up and take you where you need to be — a journey which promises to be both extremely safe and very comfortable. The idea behind Waymo is that you can ‘ride with confidence’ and these vehicles have been branded as ‘the most experienced drivers’.
Although self-driving cars seem to be the dream of the future, it will take time for people to actually believe in them. At this rate, we’ll have access to self-driving cars in our local Audi dealership sooner than we could have imagined.
Are you one of those drivers who always struggle with parking, especially when trying to squeeze into tight parking spaces? Parktronic systems that allow cars to find parking spaces and navigate to them already exist, but with new infrastructure around automated parking systems forecasted, the future looks bright for those who hate parking.
This technological support will enable people to drop off the car at the entrance to a garage, allowing it to find its own spot to park. And when you’re ready to be reunited with your wheels? A simple tap on an app will signal to your car that it’s time to journey back to the drop-off point.
Human gesture technology
Did you ever think it would be possible to control the functions of your vehicle with your hands? Like magic, you will soon be able to control many elements of your vehicle with mere gestures. As well as being futuristic and fun, this tech is set to make driving easier and safer. Instead of jabbing at buttons on the radio, or being tempted to reach out for your phone, you will soon be able to point at the screen of your infotainment system to accept an incoming call — a simple solution that means you’ll never have to take your eyes off the road.
Communication between vehicles
Within the motoring world, internet enabled cars are breaking new ground. Soon however, these internet-enabled cars will have the ability to communicate with one another, transforming our driving experience. Communication between cars will help prevent collisions, with precision that human error has never before allowed us to achieve. Before a collision can occur, the car-to-car communication system will foresee the accident and alert the driver to the potential consequences. They will then be able to react quickly and avoid catastrophe.
Undoubtedly, you will agree that 2020 will bring even more innovative technologies in the motoring industry, which will build up user experience in the car and increase safety. Watch this space.