Automotive

What impact will smart technology have on our driving experience?

18th May 2020
Joe Bush

Like all industries, the automotive sector is constantly evolving with new smart technology – for example, dash-cams, key finders and the emergence of in-car Bluetooth. Car manufacturers constantly compete in the technological stakes to keep one step ahead in what is very a competitive market, but just what might car tech look like in the future? In this article, SEAT servicers Vindis, delve into the future.

The idea of self-driving cars surely once seemed futuristic and far-fetched, but the tech is now being developed and tested by leading automotive companies such as Audi. Similar to the idea behind inter-car communication, self-driving cars are set to reduce the risk of human error on the road. The result? A safer and more reliable way to travel.

The Google Self-Driving Car project was initiated in 2009 and has since been rebranded as Waymo. After ordering a Waymo on an app, a self-driving car will pick you up and take you where you need to be - a journey which promises to be both extremely safe and very comfortable. The idea behind Waymo is that you can ‘ride with confidence’ and these vehicles have been branded as ‘the most experienced drivers’. Embracing self-driving cars feels like taking a leap of faith, but in the next few years, this tech is likely to feel much more common place.

With the wave of a hand...

With technology we’ll be required to use our hands less and less. Imagine changing gears or winding down your car windows with a simple wave of your hand. Like magic, you will soon be able to control many elements of your vehicle with mere gestures. As well as being futuristic and fun, this tech is set to make driving easier and safer. Instead of jabbing at buttons on the radio, or being tempted to reach out for your phone, you will soon be able to point at the screen of your infotainment system to accept an incoming call - a simple solution that means you’ll never have to take your eyes off the road.

Augmented reality

The dashboards of our cars will be upgraded with augmented reality dashboards to provide our information. Giving your dashboard a video-game aesthetic, AR displays will show any information you need to know about the car itself. They will also give you other vital information about the road, such as how quickly you’re approaching another car, and how best to avoid collisions.

Inter-car comms

It’s become fairly common for cars to be connected to the internet. Soon however, these internet-enabled cars will have the ability to communicate with one another, transforming our driving experience. Communication between cars will help prevent collisions, with precision that human error has never before allowed us to achieve. Before a collision can occur, the car-to-car communication system will foresee the accident and alert the driver to the potential consequences. They will then be able to react quickly and avoid catastrophe.

Many of the world’s top car manufacturers are already using this technology to help create autonomous cars. Which leads us on to our next smart technology.

SMART integration

Recent innovations have seen car manufacturers such as Hyundai pair up with the Android Wear app which allows users to complete a number of commands from your smart watch. From your watch you can start your engine remotely, lock your car’s doors, sound your horn, and turn the headlights on and off. What’s more, built-in integration with apps is set to become more commonplace with new car models. Many models now integrate popular apps into the infotainment system, making it look just like the usual screen on your phone.

Taking the hassle out of parking

Parking systems are set to innovate our parking abilities. Parktronic systems that allow cars to find parking spaces and navigate to them already exist, but with new infrastructure around automated parking systems forecasted, the future looks bright for those who hate parking. This infrastructure will allow passengers to drop off the car at the entrance to a garage, allowing it to venture off and find its own parking space. And when you’re ready to be reunited with your wheels? A simple tap on an app will signal to your car that it’s time to journey back to the drop-off point.

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