As 2014 is well underway, new progress in the automotive industry continues to surprise and delight. In our fast-paced iGeneration of media technology, cars are now being made that are more innovative and efficient. Recent trends include more of a focus on the combination between computer-like technology and road safety precautions.
iDrive with my iPhone:
Apple has recently announced CarPlay, which is an entertainment system that allows drivers to interface with their iPhones. Select cars will let you make calls, activate Siri, play music, dictate text message, access directions and more. You can now use your iPhone while keeping your eyes on the road.
Now imagine holograms appearing on the windshield of your car, telling you how far away things are. This technology, known as augmented reality, is already being worked on by BMW models. According to CNN, this will develop into holographic images that will overlay what the driver sees on the road, as warnings of oncoming objects and also as general information about the environment that is activated by voice commands. Your car will be able to tell you what bands are playing nearby, what restaurants are around or when the nearby museum opens.
When the Car Drives For Us:
It’s no longer just a dream of science fiction writers. Google has announced the successful self-driving car prototype, testing their designs on over 300,000 miles on public roads. These robotic Google cars are able to operate by an equipment called LIDAR, which is a laser radar that allows it to sense and detect its surroundings with 3D resolution maps. This produces data that allows the car to safely drive by itself. Though it’s still in the works, it’s exciting to see what autonomous technology can deliver to the industry.
Introducing the Smart-Car:
New studies and regulations show that the future of road safety is in car to car communication-new technology that allows your car to know what other cars are doing. If a car pulls out in front of you, your car will sense this “communication” and hit the brakes for your safety. The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved these systems and the goal is to enable these new regulations by 2016.
At this rate, we may end up with flying cars like in Back to the Future. With new technology surfacing every day, the automotive industry will continue to surprise and delight the tech-savvy iGeneration.