How Will the Future of In-Vehicle Technology Affect Us?

As new handheld gadgets seem to hit the market every month, it's only natural for technology to improve the common vehicle with each model year. If you thought that a charging adapter pressed into your cigarette lighter was an impressive advancement, future vehicle amenities will blow your mind. From advanced batteries to futuristic dashboards, the future of in-vehicle technology is burning brightly.

Automatic Vehicle Communication 
Red light accidents are commonplace in large metropolises, injuring passengers and damaging vehicles beyond recognition. Future cars could be equipped with Vehicle-to-Vehicle communication. Known as V2V, cars actually communicate through signals as they range close to one another. For example, a car barreling through a red light communicates its position to your vehicle pulling into the intersection. V2V alerts the driver or automatically presses the brakes, helping you avoid disaster. This future technology could potentially save many lives; it's currently being perfected and tested by manufacturers.

Integrated Dashboard Internet with Voice Recognition 
One futuristic technology that's almost been integrated into today's vehicles is an Internet-ready dashboard. Connect your phone through a wire or Bluetooth to access all your apps, texts and phone calls through the dashboard. Voice recognition allows you to text and call people with your hands on the steering wheel and the eyes on the road. Texts can even be read to you by the car's computer system. Standard radio gives way to Internet-streaming music apps and your own playlist. You'll never fumble with the radio knobs again.

Exterior Airbags 
Interior airbags have saved countless lives, but the same idea is being applied to the vehicle's exterior. Airbags affixed to the vehicle's undercarriage could be automatically deployed in the event of an impending accident. Vehicle speed and braking data communicate an accident situation to the airbag system, allowing it to expand before impact. The airbags aren't just a cushion, but actually have some anti-friction to their surface to create drag on the car. The impact's power is greatly reduced, saving lives and property.

A Less Bumpy Road
 
You've been on those incredibly bumpy roads that seem to last forever. Whether you're navigating an old city street or a rural roadway, future in-vehicle technology can actually adjust the car's suspension for a more comfortable ride. As the car senses the uneven road, automatic suspension adjustments are made. They may tighten up the system or allow it to relax, based on the overall conditions. Although this technology makes you more comfortable, it also saves the vehicle from unwarranted vibration damage. A bumpy road for many miles places a lot of stress on the vehicle.

Updating The Car Battery
If you're a fan of hybrid or electric cars, you'll notice a big change in the battery type in the near future. Hydrogen gas-powered fuel cells will make driving and charging up the vehicle much easier. These reliable batteries fully charge in about five minutes while allowing you to drive for around 300 miles. This charge-up time and driving distance is comparable to a typical gasoline-powered vehicle. The cars are even being advertised as incredibly affordable, making this technology one to watch.

Wearable Technology 
Some vehicle makers are looking toward more remote advancement. The typical wristwatch is being revamped to include remote vehicle capabilities. Check if the vehicle's windows are closed on your watch as you sit in your office. You can even look at a car's battery status, if it's an electric or hybrid model. Almost all of the vehicle's accessories can be controlled remotely from the watch, making it safer to enter your car at night. All the lights can be on, along with a running engine, to get you away from danger in a hurry.

Although many of these technological advancements will be considered vehicle options, cars even further into the future will offer some of these features as a standard purchase. Taking a look at today's cars and comparing them to future designs is a lesson in engineering and innovation. Tomorrow's vehicles will keep you safe and on-time to almost every appointment.

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