Ten years ago, what would you have imagined having in your dream car? Massage chairs for driver and passenger seats? Voice-controlled texting? A car that drives itself? All these dreams have become (or are on their way to becoming) reality. So what’s next? What does the future look like for car technology? We’ve already caught a glimpse of it, and we can tell you that this future is very promising. As it has done before, the future technology in vehicles will continue to increase the safety, convenience, and overall awesomeness of all vehicles on the road.
Imagine driving down the road in an unfamiliar town. Through your windshield, you see the next lane over start to blink. No, there’s nothing on the road — it’s simply a projection displayed on your windshield. This might sound like something out of a video game, but head-up displays (or HUDs) have existed within aircraft since the 1950s, and it’s only a matter of time before they become commonplace in road vehicles.
Head-up displays connect to your smartphone, GPS, or the vehicle navigation system and project information directly onto the windshield. The type of information displayed can range from hazard warnings to navigation details (such as where to turn) to alerts on your phone. Having all this information displayed directly on the windshield limits the distraction of having the same information on a screen. We can expect to see this technology become much more common within the next 5–10 years.
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The idea behind V2V, or vehicle-to-vehicle communication, already exists in a less advanced state. Many current vehicles use a kind of radar technology that is able to detect how close a vehicle is to other vehicles and hazards on the road. V2V, on the other hand, involves vehicles’ sending wireless signals back and forth. These signals contain information pertaining to vehicle speed, location, direction, and more. As the vehicles communicate, they use these signals to maintain a safe distance from one another.
More advanced V2V technology is also in development. For example, after receiving a signal, a vehicle can begin to calculate evasive maneuvers to take in case something goes wrong. V2V technology has the potential to reduce automobile accidents by 79 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Biometric Vehicle Access
In recent years, we’ve seen the transition from keyed to keyless entry in vehicles. So what’s next? Biometric vehicle access is a fancy way of saying that your car can recognize who you are with a touch. Rather than using a key or even a key fob to open your vehicle, the car will read your fingerprint, both on the door handle and the ignition button.
This technology probably sounds familiar since many smartphones already include this kind of security measure. With biometric vehicle access, vehicle robbery likelihood will drop — and you’ll never have to worry about losing keys again.
This is just a peek at the car technology coming in the near future. Within the next decade, you’ll likely have to raise the bar for what you expect in a dream vehicle, especially since your current dream vehicle is likely just around the corner.