This time of year is an exciting time for auto enthusiasts to experience the next generation of vehicles. Auto shows across the country display the most innovative designs showcasing today’s cars and what tomorrow’s cars might look like.
Who knows if or when we’ll be flying our cars, but here are five car technologies that we won’t have to speculate about for much longer and are likely to make it into production in the near future
*The list is in no particular order.
Communicating Cars – Vehicle-to-vehicle communication allows automobiles to “talk” to one another using basic safety information to overcome blind spots and avoid crashes. These connected cars may be able to help predict the future concerning certain driving conditions, safety, and traffic.
Self-Driving Cars – There have been many successful miles driven by cars without a driver. The driverless car works by lasers, radar, and cameras to process the environment faster than even the most attentive driver. Self-driving cars will be able to work in unity, eliminating the risk of distracted drivers and highway accidents. No more road rage!
Augmented Reality Dashboards – Imagine a hologram-style image appearing on your windshield with icons that can show you real-time information like obstacles in your way and how far away they are, how to maneuver away from a collision, or highlighting your lane in turn-by-turn directions. This technology will serve as a total digital companion that emphasizes safety on the road.
Airbags (Airbags?) – OK, not just any airbag. This airbag deploys from underneath the car when the brakes are applied hard and abruptly, helping the vehicle react faster than the driver can. This innovative airbag will double the stopping power just before a crash to help protect all passengers involved in an accident.
Energy-Storing Body Panels – Using specialized polymer fiber panels can reduce a car’s weight while also capturing energy that can be fed back into the car when needed. Since a group of nine leading manufacturers in Europe are testing out energy-storing panels, energy-storing body panels are primed to hit the market in the near future.
With these advancements ready to transform automotive travel in the coming years, the only thing left to do is put the right tires on your new ride.