As technology advances, its impact is felt more and more throughout our lives. One area that technology is only beginning to take hold of is the auto industry with companies such as Torc Robotics developing software to advance this requirement. Never before have we been closer to the promise of self-driving cars, or cars that are fully connected to the rest of our devices. Let’s take a look at some of the technology that is breaking barriers in today’s market.
Self-driving features have actually been implemented in cars for some time now. While most of the cars being manufactured today still need a driver, features like forward-collision warning, swerve correction, and parking assistance have been introduced to great success. Those options are not only widely hailed as important safety features, but they are quickly becoming standard features as well. It was only a few years ago when you would only expect to see features like swerving correction on higher-end car models like Volvo and Mercedes-Benz. Nowadays, companies like Honda and Nissan are including those same features as standard in many of their newer models.
Incorporating different technology into vehicles for various purposes has become a standard in many commercial sectors nowadays too. In-fact, for companies managing a fleet of vehicles, integrating their vehicles with software that can assist the driver as well as capture tons of other metrics for improvement can be very beneficial. Telematics systems (which you can find out here about) and other such solutions can even provide assistance with collision reduction and distracted driving with the help of AI; these systems can be seen as the first step on the road to semi-autonomous or fully autonomous vehicles.
Of course, while those aspects of autonomous driving are useful from a safety standpoint, they don’t exactly fill you with excitement the way a true driverless car would. Not to fear though, Tesla has you covered. In fact, every Tesla model from the S to the X and the soon to be released Tesla Roadster have driverless capabilities. That’s right, no more wasting time in traffic if you don’t want to, or getting bored on long road trips. Much like the way the safety focused driverless features have expanded throughout the auto industry, you can expect the full driverless experience pioneered by Tesla to as well.
Not every advancement has to do with removing the driver from the equation however. In fact, a lot of the technological development in recent years has been devoted to giving drivers a better experience behind the wheel. Take adaptive suspension for example. Previously only found in high-end sports cars, these suspension systems are making their way towards the general public. An adaptive suspension system allows you to adjust your car’s suspension based on what your preference is. If you want to feel the road you can choose a “sport” suspension, while if you are just going for a cruise with your lady friend a “comfort” setting might be more appropriate. Either way the advantage is you can switch between your options at a moment’s notice.
As far as your media experience in cars goes, it is still expanding. Large display screens are becoming standard as well, with better touch response more similar to a smart phone than the touch screens of the past. Even cooler is gesture control, whereby you simply wave your hand or point at something to make it turn on or off. Recently introduced into the BMW 7 series, gesture control has a promising future as it requires less focus than touch screens to control, increasing safety.
As long as technology keeps improving so will cars. The future is bright, as companies continue to innovate and strive for a better driving experience.