The automotive industry has always shown instant adaptability to emerging technologies. Since Henry Ford manufactured the first affordable car in the early 20th century, tech has redefined how the cars produce and operate. It’s already begun replacing gas-fed engines and the internal combustion engines. Electric, hybrid as well as solar energy sourcess are now powering vehicles. Advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning are bringing a dramatic change in the way we drive cars which compels us to wonder whether we will be driving at all in the future as “autonomous technology” starts to take direct control of driving. Cars today are increasingly becoming large-sized smart devices with highly advanced braking equipment, mapping technology, andoptimum fuel efficiency.
Considering the rapid pace of developments and instant flexibility of the industry, we can state that cars of the future willbe more connected and digital as the user hands over the control to an onboard navigation system. Thereby, it is crucial for people to realize that it is not the regular automotive technology that makes the engine more efficient but rather it is the machine learning algorithms and interactive mechanisms that make the drive easier. This realization will help them prepare for the future and brace up for some major changes.
Following are four groundbreaking technologies that you can expect very soon in the automotive industry:
1. Auto-Pilot Driving
Self-driving is a feature of the automotive industry that people will refuse to accept. Since inception, vehicles need a human to drive, and the concept that they can work on their own is indeed a one that fascinates people. However, it is also true that there are already some startups operating in the Silicon Valley that are investing in the process of self-driving trucks.
Similarly, projects by Uber and Google for new self-driven cars are also popular. Google confidently asserts that computers can be a better driver than human beings. Even though truly self-driven cars seem to be far off in the future, auto-pilot is already in use. There are some recent models by Tesla, Toyota, and Lexus that meld with the auto-pilot features. Cars can now park themselves in parallel relieving the stress of driving. Thus it seems that driving will never be the same again as the technology of auto-pilot is expected to become even more sophisticated.
A few months ago, the market research firm IMS forecasted that the number of new vehicles integrated with Internet access would rapidly grow from 1.1 million in 2009 to 6 million in 2017. This prediction has come true, and now the in-carconnectivity is has led to ultra-tech entertainment systems as well as highly developed GPS systems. The internal features of the car are obtaining maximum benefits due to the easy connectivity and driver can make use of various applications to make their driving experience less strenuous. The simple features of technology can result in an overall easy driving experience. For instance, a driver can use audible text messages to stay connected on the road while a more commercial level;the drivers can use apps such as HWY Pro to plan their routes and load the dispatch. The future holds further connective operation capabilities and excellent applications.
3. Electric Cars
In 2016, around 1.3 million electric vehicles sold out across the globe. It shows about a 57 percent increase since the sales of 2016, and there is little doubt as to whether this trend will ever slow down. Besides all other advantages, this is also a part of the fuel efficiency movement, and a single charge can take you hundreds of miles. The car company Volvo recently announced that all of the engines which they are producing would integratewith an electric motor by the year 2019.
Soon enough, the drivers will start looking for a place to plug in rather than a gas station. It is because the population is increasingly inclined towards electric cars rather than following the notion that we want any car that helps commute.” The publicis more aware and concerned for the future of Mother Earth. On top of that, electric vehicles are becoming more affordable as popular names like Hyundai and Toyota are selling cars that fall under the $30, 000 mark. Meanwhile, in the USA, around 20% to 25% of the vehicle sales will be electric by 2030.
Given all the features of electric cars such as low pollution, increased fuel-efficiency and smooth commute, it is apt to state that electric vehicles are changing the face of the automotiveindustry.
4. Sensitive Safety Features
The most important feature of these technologies is that they make driving safe. The apps and connectivity make the rides increasingly secure for the drivers. There are some general technologies and some specific ones that are designed by the car companies for their models only. Let’s take the example of City Safety Technology that is created by Volvo. It uses an optical radar to measure the exact speed and distance of the objects in front. It immediately brakes the car when it suspects the possibility of collision. Such sensitive safety features will progress even further in the future. Once fully adopted, accidents should see a significant dip. Truck accident lawyers may witness some rapid evolution in their jobs.
Despite all the developments so far, manufacturers have a long way to go before all these technologies are fully functional. It is true that as technology becomes accurate and easy to use, driving will improve for the better but acceptance on a global level might take years! Nonetheless, it is also a fact that the globalization is increasing the awareness of people, and they may take a plunge in new automotive developments if they find it feasible enough. The bottom line is, the rise of technology is constantly reshaping driving patterns, and the field is accepting each change with zero resistance leading us to believe that the overall picture of the industry will change within a few years.