Wired And Connected Cars Of The Future
Updated October 2, 2013
Cars of the future will offer more connectivity and safety than ever before. Accidents will decrease as a result of V2V technology and high tech safety features utilizing radar and sensor tech advances. Infotainment systems will be kicked up a notch with access to apps designed specifically for vehicle use. Let’s take a look at how car technology will evolve within the next few decades.
V2V Technology A Reality
V2V or vehicle to vehicle communication will enable cars to communicate with one another using a Wi-fi grid and GPS system. Autos will be able to send out signals in regards to their exact location, speed and direction of travel to other cars on the road as well as interpret road signs and traffic lights. V2V is expected to lead to fewer car accidents since most are due to driver error. V2V technology will also reduce congestion by re-routing traffic.
A More Robust Infotainment Center
Future cars may be connected to the internet at blazing speeds thanks to 4G technology. GM demonstrated a dashboard with speeds fast enough to handle a wide variety of apps such as those from Yelp and even popular games such as Angry Birds. Users will be able to stream video from Youtube as well as surf. A large variety of apps would be developed specifically for car use such as nearby restaurant recommendations or even a message in case of vehicle malfunction. Safety would be an issue and would most likely be federally regulated since talking on a cell phone while driving is currently illegal in many states. Chances are that these apps will be for passenger use or for when the vehicle is in parked position. Social media connectivity will also be more important, especially to the younger demographic. Audio streaming will also become commonplace; many infotainment systems currently have the ability to stream from sources such as Pandora.
High Tech Safety Features
A large number of cars currently have a telematics system such as On-Star in place which notifies emergency personnel in case of an accident. This technology is expected to become much more prevalent and the norm within a decade. Cars will also rely on sensor technology in order to avoid crashes. Cadillac’s 2013 XTS uses a combination of cameras, sensors and radar for a safer driving experience. Sensor fusion is actually one of the steps towards cars that are autonomous and can function without driver input.
Written by Jacqueline Starz – Auto dealers such as Used Cars Bloomington have a lot of cars in stock with advanced infotainment and safety systems.
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