The automotive industry has been flourishing consistently since it was established in 1885. Technology and its use in the industry are greatly responsible for this. The first push in the revolutionizing the automotive industry was provided by Henry Ford when he introduced the assembly line to manufacture automobiles. Since then, there have been several upgrades to automobiles in terms of technology that have made them more efficient and safe.
Though most modern automobiles are enriched with the best technological features, many things are still being developed to increase their functionality. Let’s see a few technologies in the automotive industry that may be seen in the upcoming years.
- Self-Driving Cars
It is one of the most awaited and significant automotive technologies in the upcoming years. A self-driving car will be capable of transporting you from one location to another without you in the driver’s seat. Numerous reports indicate that we may have self-driving cars before the end of the decade. Companies like Tesla are already having a prototype for such a car. Self-driving cars will also likewise be electric rather than fuel-based. Some are even suggesting that they will come without steering wheels due to their high reliability and safe driving habits. They will also curb the maintenance and insurance costs. There will be practically no accidents.
- Cars With Energy Storing Body Panels
Batteries are an essential part of any automobile. But they are really heavy and take up a considerable amount of space. As a result, tech geeks are working out ways to design hybrid cars that will feature energy-storing body panels. These panels will work as substitutes for conventional batteries. They can acquire energy by being energized, or even by engrossing the power made when a vehicle is braked. A report by Exxon mobile indicates that such cars will dominate the market by the year 2040.
- Adaptive Cruise Control
Cruise control is one of the most useful features in most vehicles. However, it is likewise the most dangerous one. If you get carried away by the scenic beauty while traveling on a road even for a split second, chances are you may end up ramming your vehicle in the one in front of you. To mitigate this problem, automotive engineers are working on an adaptive cruise control system. This system will receive inputs from cameras placed below your vehicle and accordingly lower or increase your vehicle’s speed.
- Night Vision Capabilities
Night vision presents one more use for front-facing cameras. Each driver, eventually in their lives, has encountered dread of unintentionally hitting something they couldn’t see, be it a deer or an individual, while driving at night. With night-vision capacities, this won’t be an issue. Acura previously introduced this innovation in 2000; however, it didn’t work out 19 years prior and has made considerable progress from that point forward. Front-facing cameras will have the option to show a night-vision video feed on the dashboard console of the vehicle. It will identify creatures, individuals, and basic dangers out and about.
- Smart Headlights
Another piece of innovation underway to make vehicles cooler and streets more secure are smart headlights. Numerous drivers ordinarily experience the glare from approaching traffic’s high beams. At times, it very well may be troublesome and confounding to drive around evening time while additionally making sure to kill intense beam headlights when approaching traffic is difficult. To battle this hazardous yet regular issue, researchers are chipping away at creating smart headlights. Not exclusively will these headlights turn on and off all alone, as most headlights do today, however, they will have the option to recognize approaching traffic and kill the high beams consequently.
- Inter-Vehicle Communication System
This is one of the most important technologies when it comes to ensuring safety. If cars can communicate among themselves on the road, there will be fewer accidents and ease of driving. The technology is also called V2V communication and is being worked upon by engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At present, this framework is being tried with 3,000 cars in Michigan, with researchers seeing promising results.
- AR Dashboards/Windscreens
In this system, the dashboards or windscreens will be equipped with screens that display information relayed by the cameras on the cars. It may be able to show signs when you are in close vicinity of another car or are about to crash. These vehicles are projected to utilize GPS frameworks to recognize a car through the windshields. AR vehicles transfer data on the windscreens at that point offer recommendations to the driver. For example, they can tell the model of the vehicle in front of you, the street condition, and how wide the street is. Thusly, you can conclude how to drive the car.
- Air-Conditioned Seats
Though it may sound absurd, air-conditioned seats are already in the works. They will consist of fabric with a mesh structure that allows the movement of air through it. This fabric will be covering the cushion of the seat. The cushion will also be having several small fans that will produce cold air and circulate it through the cover of the seat. Therefore, the tenant of the seat is cooled, and hot air is diverted employing a similar framework. While it very well might be a couple of years until this innovation is seen available, when it shows up, it will create a ruckus.
These are some of the top automobile technologies coming in the next few years. Most of them have already passed the concept stage and have been put to use in prototypes. Hopefully, engineers will be able to develop them all and get the desire results out of them.