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5 Innovative Technologies to Keep an Eye on

While all the attention at the moment is being given to autonomous vehicles and the next generation of fuel technology, numerous auto makers, manufacturers and technology companies are working on other plans. Some of these developments have even made it into our vehicles already, although they are yet to progress to a mainstream level of adoption. We take a look at 5 innovative technologies to keep an eye on.

 

Connected Vehicles

One of the emerging areas which developers are looking into is the way in which vehicles are able to communicate between one another, as well as with key infrastructure. Some car makers have already begun to roll out vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure systems, with uptake only set to become more prolific as self-driving vehicles appear on our roads.

The systems are primarily intended to help coordinate and plan the safe movement of vehicles. However, until such time that all cars and traffic lights are using the technology, it is being used to deliver information about road and weather conditions. Locally, the AAA is advocating for the technology.

Elsewhere, manufacturers have their eyes on delivering software updates like maps ‘over the air’, meaning you won’t have to visit a dealer or find the updates yourself. This comes courtesy of another emerging trend in vehicles, the introduction of Wi-Fi and mobile network connectivity.

 

Your New Heads-up Display

To date, several manufacturers have already had a go at developing electronic heads-up displays that project onto your windshield. The next level of progression however, will be a much more intelligent level of technology. Not only will you have access to typical vehicle instrument readings, but developers intend to advance the roll-out of features like night vision, eye and distraction tracking systems (to monitor a driver’s alertness), and even the prospect of augmented reality for navigation.

 

Autonomous Emergency Braking

Just a couple months ago, Mazda Australia celebrated the introduction of autonomous emergency braking into a wide variety of its vehicle range. This follows a commitment from numerous major car manufacturers who last year agreed they will implement the technology in their vehicles by the end of 2022. The intent behind the technology is to alert drivers about an impending collision and safely bring a car under control if they fail to respond or brake adequately.

 

Health Monitoring

Both Toyota and Ford are looking into health monitoring systems that track the vitals of a driver behind the wheel. Toyota’s focus is on researching technology that would identify if a driver was having a heart attack, before safely bringing the car under control. Ford meanwhile, are looking to address the same issue by investigating the role that seatbelts or steering wheels could play when connected to mobile phones and autonomous vehicles.

 

App Store Compatibility

As car manufacturers look into the issue of motorists accessing their phones while driving, some have adopted the belief that the solution lies in accommodating the behaviour of motorists rather than trying to change it. Accordingly, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are being fitted into more and more cars so that drivers have access to certain features found on their phone.

 

One comment

  1. Robert baade says:

    hi all I always look forward to your publication..one thing that annoys me with my latest vehicle is the need to use touch pad technology with m/b phones,and in particular the need for such devices to change the radio frequency( which for me requires me to take my eyes of my more important driving needs. what is wrong with the old fashioned radio knobs to change radio stations/volume etc, without the need to take ones eyes of the road .

    A very good presentation

    Cheers

    Bob

    July 28th, 2017 at 7:57 pm