We live in the age of constant technological progress. It seems we turn around and something new has popped up. A decade ago we didn’t have smartphones, laptops were fairly bulky and handheld devices were so many, yet so niche. Nowadays we have combined everything in smaller devices that accomplish a lot more. Ultrabooks are now the thing, but even cars have on-board computers with digital streaming and other things. And today we will take a look at some of the innovation, which cars have adopted in the recent years. If you drive a bit older vehicle, you may not be that familiar with all the cool stuff, but you should still be glad, as in the near future all of these extras will probably hit the mass market anyway and even a budget car will implement them. But let’s get started.
One thing that is implemented in some of last year’s vehicles is the lane-keeping feature. Sure, it has existed for a while, but now it is new and improved. It can keep track of where you are driving in the lane and if you are too close to going into another lane without turning your signal. And thanks to some speedometers, if you decide to take a turn, it can actually slow your vehicle down, if it finds you are driving at a higher speed. Sure, some people can think that the loss of control over the vehicle isn’t worth it, but as far as safety goes, it is a neat feature.
Another innovation that is only implemented in one car so far, but is definitely going to be added to more in the future, is the automatic brake. It sounds underwhelming, but what it actually does is interesting. It scans the road ahead for a vehicle that may be coming your way and if the trajectory doesn’t change, the car breaks automatically. This is a bit simplistically explained, because many other factors are included and indeed works magnificently, but in essence it cuts down on the need of driver reflexes, which many people seem to lack.
Another technology that is seemingly getting more attention is the augmented reality windshield. It displays transparent GPS arrows, gives you information on road conditions and suggests optimal driving speed. Further information can also be displayed as the software gets more and more developed. On the side note, we also have to mention that your car can be “smart”, too, with new displays that are touchscreen and help you operate a lot of things.
As far as security systems go, we see common things like GPS tracking and passcode immobilizers, but not many things are done on the mechanical front of locks and door handles. We may see some smart locks here and there, but we are still in the age where we need innovation in the more mechanical parts of the vehicle. After all, software is way better right now, so maybe it’s time for hardware to catch up.
But since all of these are innovations and are yet to be implemented in more budget-friendly vehicles, there is still a bit of a waiting time to see them. Still, the future is looking bright!