With technological advancements being released by the boatload over the past few years, it’s hard for people to really appreciate how great a lot of the current automotive advancements are. Even though we’re not in the Jetsons’ era yet (although it feels like we should be), you can expect a plethora of mind-blowing automotive technologies to be released in the next 10 years. Here are a few tech advances that we think will become standard in the next few years:
1. Sophisticated on-board warning systems
On-board rear-view cameras have been all the rage for the last couple of years. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have proposed to make it a standard feature on all new cars by 2014; so it’s no surprise that automakers would want to go above and beyond with warning detection systems. As a result manufacturers, including Honda, are starting to add lane departure, collision-mitigation, pedestrian-detection and night vision warning systems in their lineup.
2. Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication
Some vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems being developed right now use an advanced form of Wi-Fi technology to alert you of the vehicles that surround you. These efforts are another attempt at reducing traffic accidents and make roads safer.
3. Voice control
Advanced infotainment systems will become a standard and be built-out much deeper. Drivers and passengers will be able to control virtually everything via voice commands, from choosing songs to sending SMS and getting location directions.
One major facet that will change throughout the years is the materials used to make cars. As efficiency becomes more and more sought after, durable and lightweight materials like carbon fiber will be increasingly used in production as they give vehicles higher MPG rankings while maintaining the same strength.
Although these advancements have not yet come to fruition, it’s safe to say that manufacturers are working on it. Don’t be surprised if something from left-field is developed either because the automotive industry is in a newer/safer-technology race, so it’s only a matter of time before we see it.
Which of these features would you like on your next Honda?