One of the most exciting things about vehicles is how quickly technology can change due to increasingly innovative manufacturers. From electric powertrains to advanced driver systems, engineers are hard at work on several fascinating aspects of automotive tech. Read on to see what current features have been game-changers in the industry, and what features the future may hold.
While electric vehicles (commonly abbreviated to simply “EVs”) are currently still in the minority, that is quickly changing. In fact, we have previously published several posts on the future of EVs. From the state of the EV market to deciding if an EV is right for you, it’s clear that the future is indeed electric. Powertrains on EVs are much simpler and contain far fewer components than those from internal combustion engines.
Not only are EVs and hybrids better for the environment, they can also answer the growing problem of noise pollution that many large cities are facing. With EVs, we will be able to enjoy a cleaner and quieter life, regardless of population density.
Another key emerging feature that has the power to revolutionize the automotive industry is improved connectivity capabilities. Many vehicles already come with driver assistance and safety tech like lane departure, blind-spot detectors, and backup cameras. This is just the tip of the iceberg of what connectivity features can do.
Vehicles now come with a unique identity so that they can be tracked in new and innovative ways. Vehicle speed and the distance to other vehicles can be adjusted immediately to real-time road conditions. Voice recognition technology acts as a virtual personal assistant that can do a variety of tasks from changing the radio station to scheduling a meeting. With the rapid developments happening in connectivity, your car may soon be able to communicate to others to prevent accidents and inform you what maintenance is needed. This allows more control over management, insurance, safety, and maintenance.
The technology for self-driving cars has not yet been perfected, but it is advancing rapidly. Serious road safety issues like driver fatigue or negligence could soon be irrelevant. This would effectively make you the passenger in your vehicle, leaving you free to sit back and relax while your vehicle takes the wheel. Removing the human element in driving (e.g., distracted or impaired drivers) could make the streets safer and more efficient.
By using advanced pedestrian behavior prediction technology, autonomous vehicles could accurately interpret factors such as eye contact, head movements, and leg movements of pedestrians, while also taking outside factors like the weather into consideration. However, that may still be a way off, and currently, AVs are most likely to be used for last-mile deliveries.
There are several benefits that 3D printing could bring to the future of vehicles. Rapid prototyping allows for quicker manufacturing and testing of new types of components. This in turn means that new technologies and ideas can be brought to market that much faster. If manufacturers can easily print the exact components you need, your repairs would potentially happen much faster. Additionally, the parts are likely to be stronger, more durable, and lighter.
There are lots of changes on the horizon when it comes to the way your car runs, works, and communicates with both you and other vehicles. Being informed on all the factors –future and present – to consider when you’re buying a new car is important to us, because we want you to find the perfect fit. If you’re currently in the market for a new car, start a search on BestRide to find out what options are open to you.