Talk of the current auto tech advancements and drivers will tell you- “it has taken us by a storm or the robust new auto technologies were less expected if not unexpected”.
The Adaptive Cruise Control system and the Anti-Collision Warning Systems are some of the current auto techs applied to cars that have greatly affected everyday drivers- in a positive way. Massaging seats are now the wish of every driver.
How have these advanced auto technologies affected everyday drivers? Whereas some of the predicted future auto technologies threaten to lock drivers out of the roads, nearly all current auto techs have changed how drivers drive; for better.
Enhanced drivers’ safety is at the heart of every innovation and low fuel consumption has been the struggle for all big car brands like Toyota with the Toyota Prius Prime being on the top list and Honda with its Honda Clarity now becoming the talk on the town.
Here are 8 current and future auto techs and their effects on everyday drivers:
- Electric Propulsion
The high-revving engine sounds sound sweet- isn’t it? How about a silent car with a straight-line performance? Also sweet? Now add low fuel consumption and high torque to the straight-line performance and imagine how effective the car is. I’m sure your guess is as good as mine.
The battery electric vehicles (MEVs) are relatively cheaper to maintain. Again, the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) are cheaper to maintain. This is good news to the everyday driver especially if fuel cost is given higher priority.
- Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
Most car drivers never notice when an imminent collision is about to happen. But with the AEB, the driver is alerted of an imminent crash. In addition, the sensors help in maximizing the braking capacity thus avoiding the collision or reducing the impact of the crush. If the driver fails to apply brakes, the AEB system will automatically apply the brakes.
This has by large extend helped reduce injuries which are widely common to everyday drivers. Costs that would have resulted from the collision are also minimal.
3. Electronic Limited- Slip Differential
Drivers are more used to the mechanical Limited-Slip Differentials, but those already behind the wheels of a car with Automatic Limited-Slip Differential can tell how efficient it is. Have your car rave-up/down a steep mountain or go through a muddy road is enough experience to beg for a car with performance differential.
This new technology helps drivers to lock and unlock the desired wheel with just a single press of a button.
4. Radar Cruise Control
It’s obvious for everyday drivers to be fatigued and becoming sleepy. The result is unimaginable. Thanks to the Radar Cruise Control, technology, for the unimaginable is now remedied. This current technology automatically accelerates the car to maintain the set distance between the driver’s car and the car in front.
The general effect of this is reduced accidents and less stressful driving experience.
5. Route optimization
Long routes, that cause more fuel costs, are no longer a threat to daily car drivers. By using an algorithm to compute big data collected from route tracking devices, drivers are able to know the shortest route to use. Taxi drivers and order delivery cars are the most advantaged lot.
6. Dashboard and Windscreen Displays
GPS display on vehicle dashboards is old technology and for many years, it has helped millions of drivers navigate around countries, states and even cities they don’t know. Asking for directions while moving from one area to another in now outdated.
More sophisticated is the Augmented Reality dashboards. If the current car dashboard display has revolutionized the auto industry so positively, how will the BMW’s CES 2016 Airtouch windscreen affect the drivers? With the future auto tech, we are likely to see windscreen displaying driving lanes, signalizing nearby pedestrians and adjusting the drivers’ sitting position. This will by far simplify how drivers’ to traverse the globe and better the driving experience.
7. Intelligent Headlights and Tyres
Many are the times when accidents are caused by high intense headlight lights that dazzle other car drivers. Intelligent LED headlights are able to illuminate a focused light and thus enable the car driver to see any road obstacle. Again, these headlights detect weather conditions and automatically alter the light to suit the condition.
Would you imagine of a tyre that sends warning to a driver once anything penetrates the tyre’s sidewalls or threads or the pressure drops below a certain level? This is a technology on the test and will be launched sooner than expected if the Continental’s Contisense tyre tests are approved.
This expected auto technology will help drivers maintain the right tyre pressure and repair or replace the punctured tyre immediately a warning is received.
On The Future Car Technology and Its Effect
The fastest car is yet to be announced and equally, we are yet to know whether it’s BMW, Mercedes Benz or Tesla that will launch the safest full self-driving car. Virtual visor which will darken the selected area of the windscreen to avoid direct light glare to the driver is about to feature in cars windscreen any time soon.
In general, a lot more auto technology is yet to come and every bit of it is aimed at enhancing driver experience. Reducing accidents and reducing costs are other targets. WapCar will help you keep trace with most up-to-date auto news.