What features will the cars of tomorrow have?Compact Cars, Bridgend
June 27, 2017 at 11:56 AM
The technological age has revolutionised countless aspects of our lives, from chatting with friends or listening to music to ordering a pizza. Today, we can switch on the heating or check the latest cricket scores with a simple voice command, something that seemed possible only in the science fiction world of the Star Ship Enterprise just a few short years ago.
The cars we drive are evolving at a similar rate. Who can forget the driverless cars in I Robot, a film that came out in 2004? Today, exactly that technology is rapidly developing. So what does the future hold for tomorrow's drivers?
Let's start with those driverless cars. Mercedes already have an S-class on the market that has what is known as Level 2 Autonomy, meaning it can adjust its speed for cornering, and even steer itself for short periods. The German manufacturer promises Level 3 by 2020, and when you consider that the automotive industry categorises full driverless capability as Level 5, it is clearly only a matter of time.
After some false starts in the 1970s, the electric car is looking increasingly viable, thanks to the development that has gone into petrol / electric hybrids, giving models such as the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight mass market appeal. This has provided the perfect stepping stone towards full electric power, and given the speed with which battery technology is developing, there will come a point when electricity makes more sense than fossil fuels. Manufacturers including Volkswagen, Peugeot and Audi are racing to be the first to bring full electric versions into the market, and 2020 seems a probable date for it to become a reality.
Whether it is your front door or your computer, there is a need to constantly upgrade your security to keep one step ahead of the thieves. The same applies to your car, and the next innovation is expected to be biometric locks, which ensure that you and only you can open and start the car, without the need for a key.
Of course, no system is perfect, so manufacturers are also working on a remote shutdown system that can immediately kill the power if the car is stolen – the idea is that this will act as a major deterrent to anyone even trying to steal your car.
Interactive online gadgets
We all love a gadget, and the cars of the future will be full of them. It won't be long before every new car is fully online, allowing you and the family to access the internet while you are out and about. This will revolutionise the concept of in-car entertainment and navigational aids.
Also, we can expect an interactive head-up display that provides useful information to you while driving, without you having to take your eyes off the road. This will be in real time, so if there is a sudden traffic hold-up ahead, you will get a notification, with advice of alternative routes.