For those alive one hundred years ago, at the dawn of the motoring age, today’s cars would be a marvel. Their old world counterparts would have boasted a top speed of around 45 miles per hour, possessed no technological features, and would have been available in “any colour so long as it’s black.”
Today’s motors are different beasts entirely. With the average family car now reaching speeds of 120 miles an hour, fully outfitted with the latest technology, and produced in more paint shades than you could dream of, they epitomise the ascendancy of technology in our modern world – and the newest and greatest are set to rock our driving experience even further.
It’s time to get excited, because here are just a few examples of the features that the new few years are going to bring you…
Vehicle Recovery Technology
4G has taken the world of mobile phones by storm, and a number of cars are also set to benefit from its brilliance in the years ahead. Indeed, Vauxhall has already revealed its incomparable OnStar technology offering. The high-speed 4G LTE mobile network is set to be incorporated into a range of new models, and will provide a variety of benefits to drivers, including the ability to connect up to seven different devices to the internet. However, it’s its vehicle recovery function that’s most impressive. This will not only provide an emergency response notification to alert owners to theft, but will also help to recover the motor by tracking its location.
Although it won’t be available to the public for some time yet, autonomous vehicle technology could also be set to revolutionise our roads. Expected to be available by 2020, there are a number of projects working on creating a car that can drive itself, with intricate vehicle and obstacle detection systems, and detailed navigational technology included. Google is at the forefront of the new wave of inventions, and it has already debuted a prototype model. Aiming to reduce road accidents and incidents, it could mean that we’ll soon be seeing fewer traffic jams, driving deaths, and road rage in our cities and streets.
Driver Override Systems
Although less extreme than entirely driverless vehicles, motors outfitted with driver override systems are also set to take our roads by storm. Using sensor technology to detect obstacles and dangers, these innovative cars will be able to apply the brakes all by themselves even if you have the gas pedal pressed to the floor. Like driverless cars, they are expected to dramatically improve road safety, by making accidents almost impossible.
Biometric Vehicle Access
One more feature that you might want to – quite literally – keep an eye out for is biometric vehicle access. Although fobs have already largely replaced traditional key-based entry systems, it seems that we’re set for a further upgrade: the use of fingerprint and/or retina scanners to gain access to our motors. Ideal as a defence against theft, these clever systems could help to seriously reduce the figures for vehicle crime within the next decade.
Change is coming – and it promises to be exciting.