The industry of high technologies is constantly developing, with a new revolutionary release happening every week or so. No surprise that all related niches are following the trend. Thus, smart car technologies are continuing to strike the minds. After the company Nissan showed its Resonance concept, the big manufacturer promised that passengers will have the opportunity to manage music and multimedia themselves. The concept was a preliminary announcement of the new Murano; the technology will be implemented in production cars.
The Future of Automotive Gadgets
Despite the overly avant-garde appearance and transcendental technologies, the ideas that are presented in concept cars are sometimes implemented in real cars. Some of the technologies from the list may seem incredible. In several years or so, you will be hardly surprised with those innovations.
1. “Communicating” Systems for Cars
As more and more cars get their own Internet connection in the future, they will be able to “communicate” with other vehicles to keep track of important and sometimes vital information. Is there any traffic jam on the road? Has an accident or any breakage occurred? Through its onboard computer, a vehicle will analyze and collect the most important data. Nothing of what is happening on the road will be left aside. This innovation may seem really booming, just like free VIN decoder was for some people a few years ago.
Car-to-Car Communication will help prevent accidents by allowing vehicles to warn each other about accidents before the driver manages to see the consequences of the “happening.” Also, this technology is developed by the world's leading manufacturers, including Audi, to create a new autonomous model.
2. System of 3D Gestures
Based on what was shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in La Vegas, the 3D gesture technology system will become one of the parts of the interaction with the car in the future. Thus, instead of the touchscreen, joysticks, and buttons, drivers of the future will have the opportunity to control parts of their cars with just a wave of their hands.
This means that you can close and open windows by simply waving your hands up or down (in the direction you want to move it). As an alternative solution, you will be able to make an incoming call by simply pointing towards the screen of the infotainment system. What is more, it will be also possible to reduce/ increase the airflow, change the temperature, and so on. Well, such communication in the future with the car will probably become available to all drivers.
3. Car Integration with Smartwatch
For several years, it has been possible to integrate vehicles with smartphones and most recently sync your car stereo with smart assistants like Alexa. Some people still find it mind-blowing. However, car manufacturers are not going to stop here. There are other technologies suitable for this integration/ easy-to-use concept. Thus, the Smartwatch is also beginning to attract the attention of developers. For example, Hyundai with the Android Wear application allows you to use it for a number of functions, including remote engine start/ stop, door locking/ unlocking, headlight on/ off and beeping.
In addition, the application will help you find your car, call technical assistance on the road, or contact your personal Hyundai assistant. And all this is available through voice commands performed on the Smartwatch.
4. System for Automated Parking
Some vehicles are already equipped with the Parktronic systems and can identify parking spaces themselves and independently take appropriate actions in order to park. To simplify and expand the possibilities of autonomous parking, it is necessary to create an infrastructure connecting a car.
In practice, it will look something like a garage or a parking lot that will “talk” to the car via the Internet and tell it where free space is, without forcing the vehicle to idle while riding through the parking lot. After dropping off passengers at the entrance to the garage, the car will approach the free space and will automatically park. In order to get your car back, the owner simply has to call it using a smartphone.
This technology can also be used at home, where the car can be taught to “memorize” your parking space. This information means that when you arrive home, you can get out of the vehicle and send the car to park itself in a predetermined place. That’s convenient, agree?
5. Integration with Different Apps (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto)
Automakers are actively installing applications into their infotainment systems, which means that they can be integrated with the car's entertainment system. As a result, the built-in screen sensor will look like the usual screen of your mobile phone. There will be the same applications, the same icons, and the same convenience.
Thus, you do not have to wait for updates for your car to get the latest applications at hand. In addition, working as an access point to the Internet, your phone will help to better integrate the car into the open Internet surfing.
6. Lightweight Materials
You may not be surprised when we say that the automotive industry is doomed to revolutionary solutions. Its not just your luxury driving gloves that should be lightweight. Perhaps, your next car will be also made of lightweight materials. Thus, reducing the weight without losing the durability, reliability, and safety of its materials, your car will become more responsive to the management and will become more economical.
For example, the Ford F-150 has a new aluminum body, which reduces up to 317 kg from the curb weight. And it is only the beginning with the aluminum. Also, BMW is widely using carbon fiber for its new electric car i3. This is especially evident in a monocoque BMW. The next step in the development in this direction is the use of carbon fiber in more mass production.
7. Full Integration with Phones
In the modern world, it is “better” to lose car keys than a cell phone. So why not get rid of the car keys completely? Automakers are exploring the possibility of using smartphones in the NFC (near field communication). The latter is a wireless, high-frequency, short-range communication technology that enables data exchange between devices. With this technology, access to the car will be as simple as clicking on the smartphone screen.
Are You Ready?
Are you ready for a new way of driving and doing nothing except for having fun from the drive? It is absolutely possible now; it will become more than possible in the future. Car developers will help you get the best out of your driving experience in the next 5-10 years. Whether is a solution of “communicating” cars or a system of 3D gestures, each smart car driving technologies will boom the industry and give you the maximum pleasure and comfort while you are on the go. Benefit from the easy and fun driving, use all the gimmicks of new and smart cars.