A scant few decades ago, it seemed anti-lock brakes and automatic seat belts were the pinnacle of car technology. Features that were once only accessible in the most luxurious vehicles, like built-in GPS and rear view parking assisting cameras, are quickly becoming baseline features as commonplace as airbags. With 2017’s automotive industry conventions well under way, prominent vehicle manufacturers are revealing cutting-edge technologies customers can expect over the next 10 years. Someday, going to a used auto parts place like U Pull & Pay will yield some exciting new technologies for you to implement in your vehicle:
Selective Self-Driving Systems
Spectators have been quick to assume that fully automated vehicles are just around the corner. Several auto companies have premiered high-concept prototypes of self-driving cars, and just last year Uber completed a 120-mile automated tractor-trailer journey. What’s more likely, however, is that motor vehicle manufacturers will roll out vehicles with self-driving systems designed to work under specific conditions, rather fully automated vehicles. Much like cruise-control, this feature will be suited to long, straight stretches of highway where driver input can safely be suspended.
Head-Up Displays have already been integrated into contemporary vehicles, but HUDs of the future will make current iterations seem primitive. Active or smart-glass will allow the HUDs of the next decade to show data in vibrant clarity, and their touch capability will offer plenty of opportunities for input and interaction from the driver. Furthermore, the use of smart glass will allow future HUDs to be more organically integrated into the windshield, allowing drivers to view them safely while still keeping an eye on the road.
The market is saturated with smart watches capable of monitoring calories burned, steps taken, and heart rate. Car manufacturers have been looking into that last feature and started to devise ways to integrate health monitoring features into the driver’s seat. Built into the steering wheel or seat belts, these health monitoring systems will keep track of the driver’s heart rate and other vitals, enabling the vehicle to automatically break in the event of a medical emergency, and potentially even alert the paramedics to the vehicle’s location via GPS navigation.
Biometric security systems that work via fingerprint or retinal scan are already popular with smartphones and PCs, and it won’t be long before automakers integrate this tech into vehicles. Keyless ignition and entry are nothing new, and developers are already working on phasing them out with the more secure biometric systems. Over the next decade, drivers can expect to unlock and start their vehicles with little more than their own thumbprint.
Road Sign Recognition
This feature is essential to the many self-driving car projects still under development, but drivers can expect to benefit from their car being able to read and react to road signs within the next ten years. For example, automated recognition will be able to read speed limit signs and adjust accordingly, while the driver focuses on steering. Another potential feature is integration with GPS, where the vehicle can see and interpret detour signs, allowing for more accurate directions on the fly.