Whether for the purpose of safety, convenience or entertainment, there has been a lot of innovative features added to our already modernized vehicles. Once the state-of-the-art electric ignition, airbags and automatic windshield wipers were the cutting edge of the past, is now something people take for granted. But as of this day, here are the auto-technological advances since the start of 2016.
1. V2V Communications
Last 2014, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration publicized that they’re going make way to enable V2V or vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology for vehicles. For this year, Famous and expensive car brands including Volvo, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, are now trying out systems that allow vehicles to “talk” to each other and their surroundings through NFC chips and integrated SIM cards. Their idea is to be able to notice obstacles and potential hazards before any human being can.
2. Navigational Systems
These navigation systems will guide you where you’re going, making the use of paper maps not important anymore. Each year navigational system improves on their features. Now they have real-time traffic information, local search and compatibility with other devices. One of the best navigational systems include the Audi’s MMI system, which has a Google Earth mapping, parking information and many more. If you do not have built-in navigation system in your car, you can always buy a GPS unit from popular companies such as Garmin or TomTom. Feel free to call three customer service to get the best deals.
3. OLED Technology
Organic LEDs can be the next game-changer in vehicular lighting. OLEDs emit homogenous light which works both in the interior and exterior. These OLEDS are bendable and has a clean and slick design that can be integrated in curvaceous tail lights or the tiniest cabin accent lights. We’ve seen these equipped in design studios, but now it will be integrated into our own cars.
4. Laser Lights
You would ask, what do you use the laser lights for your car? It may not be available yet. But if it will be, it will be used for low-beam and high-beam applications to show the width of your car on the road, which aids in narrow lanes such as construction zones.
Manufacturers are now competing each other to make the best camera to be used in cars. Cameras being sold in the market today give the car owners a view of the front and back of the car. For the BMW’s Valeo, it has 3 to 5 cameras which show a panoramic video footage, especially when parking. On the other hand, the Infiniti Around View Monitor has 4 wide-angle cameras that will give the driver a 360-degree bird’s-eye view.
6. Inductive Charging
You have better things to do than fiddle with wires and find something to plug your electric car with. But through inductive charging, you will able to save both time and effort. Parking on the top of an inductive field skips that long process.
7. Access to Internet
It may not give you a complete access of the internet, but there are already systems available that allows you to access the internet via mobile phone technology. One of the pioneers of this technology is the Autonet Mobile. They use a portable router integrated with a 3G network to supply continuous signal, even in the most secluded parts of the road including tunnels.