OUR DAILY lives have been innovated over recent years. Our activities and routines haven’t been transformed — we socialise with loved ones, we shop for things we enjoy, and visit new places around the world. What has changed, however, is the way we do these tasks. Technology has made things much easier and exciting, revolutionising out every day.
The car industry is certainly no stranger to technological developments. Car manufacturers are constantly trying to stay up to date 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.
Sensors will make it possible for us to wind down our windows or change gear with a wave of the hand. 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.
2. Augmented Dashboards
AR will be introduced to display information on our 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.
3. Parking Systems
If you’re a nervous parker, you’ll be pleased to hear about automated parking systems. 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 infrastructure will allow passengers to drop off the car at the entrance to a garage, allowing it to venture off and find its own parking space. 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.
4. Connected Cars
It’s become fairly common for cars to be connected to the internet. 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.
This technology will be used to assist in the development of autonomous cars. Which leads us on to our next smart technology…
5. Autonomous Cars
What was once thought impossible is becoming more and more real as each day passes. This 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. The Google Self-Driving Car project was initiated in 2009 and has since been rebranded as Waymo. 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’. Embracing self-driving cars feels like taking a leap of faith, but in the next few years, this tech is likely to feel much more commonplace. Integrating Gadgets
Integration of vehicles and smart gadgets is a trend that is showing no sign of slowing down. 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 smartwatch. From your watch, you can start your engine remotely, lock your car’s doors, sound your horn, and turn the headlights on and off.
Additionally, integration with apps is becoming more prevalent. Many models now integrate popular apps into the infotainment system, making it look just like the usual screen on your phone.
We’re certainly excited to see what the next ten years hold in store for the car industry — every day we inch closer to a world of self-driving cars and window rolling sensors!
Article by SEAT dealer, vindis.