Many of us remember being children and expecting to have flying cars by now. Of course, we also expected robots to serve us breakfast, and no one could have imagined anything like the internet. One of the best things about technology is how it can consistently surprise and amaze us, and although we still do not have regular traffic flying through the airways in cities, the technology inside modern cars can still be mind-blowing.
Unfortunately, we also adjust to new technology relatively quickly as well. We constantly want more, and car companies are quickly trying to oblige our never-ending craving for cool new stuff. Automobile technology has changed and improved significantly over the last five years, and here are a few expected advancements that should blow your mind over the next five.
We have already begun to see a shift towards autonomous activity, and this trend will only grow over the next few years. Modern cars can park themselves and apply the brakes when danger is near, but vehicles in five years should be much more independent. Of course, five years may be optimistic in terms of fully autonomous cars. After all there are a number of legal, technological and societal hurdles to overcome before that can be considered.
But cars of the near future should be able to make a driver’s job much easier by taking the wheel in certain scenarios– possibly on low-traffic, rural roads with few variables and sunny weather. They are certain to make a driving experience safer as driver override technologies continue to evolve. This could also take time to catch on though, as drivers will need convincing in order to surrender control of their vehicles.
This has been a hot-button issue for well over 20 years now, but we still have seen relatively no change. Sure, there are a few more hybrids built every year and innovative companies like Tesla are attempting to offer solutions, but it is still hard to say when– if ever– mainstream cars will no longer need fossil fuels. Solar, flex, ethanol, corn– none seem to be consistently viable options that have caught on like innovators and environmentalists had hoped.
Over the next five years, we may be able to expect more fully electric cars, but the amount to expect depends upon whom you ask. Of course, the electric current (pun intended) has led to some practical improvements like better MPG and more dependable batteries. At least dead batteries should be a thing of the past, but for those still living in the stone ages of 2017, this Stanley jump starter guide by Tool Nerds should be a helpful resource.
The last few years have seen major advancements in digital displays, and heads-up display (HUD) technology continues to be a priority for car companies. Many cars have HD quality displays that sync with the screen of their smartphone, but this is only a beginning. In five years, you may even be able to see the same high quality images directly on the windshield of your car. This could mean alerts, gauges and navigation guides could all be displayed directly on the glass.
Traditional keys may look like relics in the coming years, as entry and start-up technology continues to improve. From keyless entry to push-button start, these technologies are likely to make a major jump in the next few years to where no key, button or fob is required. In the coming years, you should expect to enter and start your car with nothing more than your fingerprint. Further advancement may even move on to include retina scanners, but we are not quite there yet.
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