In the era of Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and other visionary scientists and inventors, there are hardly any Sci-Fi dreams that can be termed as practically impossible. Even space travel has now become an ancient discussion as talks about time travel begin to take pace. It’s like waking up to a new scientific marvel every day and trying to digest its greatness before another invention startles us the very next day. Multi-purpose drones flying around, firefighters wearing actual jet-packs, high-tech RADAR monitored road systems, and what not.
Technology in the 21st century has swelled with leaps and bounds, and the reflection of this advancement can be noticed in the car industry as well. Quite aptly considered as the lifeline of our transportation system, car enthusiasts can expect the following technologies to roll out by the year 2020:
1. Biometric based door lock/unlock systems
After its successful utilization in residential and commercial automation systems and its very recent implementation in smart phones, biometrics have proven their mettle as the future of security systems. Most car manufacturers have already rolled out the key-less versions of their basic as well as luxury models, and the next step would be the successful implementation of fingerprint based or retinal scanner based door access system. We hope it’s rolled out in reality much before its launch in the Mission Impossible movie series.
2. Self-healing parts?
Car workshops are quite certainly the most hated places for vehicle owners. And the drive from the accident spot to the garage is the longest and the most stressful of all. Nevertheless, scientists at Goodyear Tires have rolled up their sleeves and are fast working towards fabricating tires that can self-heal a flat situation. Another reason not to learn how to fix a flat by yourself? Perhaps! However, for now, we recommend Kwik Fit offers @ HotUKSavings for all the needs of your car.
3. Solar powered vehicles
Yes, these have already been implemented by teams of the automobile and renewable energy engineers but these cars suffer on regular highways due to their relatively slow speed and glitches in a continuous power supply. Engineers are working towards building faster versions that could stay in-line with the conventional vehicles and be safe enough to avoid collisions and unwanted traffic congestions.
4. Vehicle Anti-theft tracking
Again, this technology is currently being run on smart phones with Google playing the most important role with the help of periodic data transmission to your Gmail account. Data even includes locational information about the device which can then be used to locate the smart phone and warrant against thefts. The technology is soon to be launched in vehicles as integrated vehicle tracking systems and will be implemented as per specific rules and regulations in each country. The data can either be tracked by the traffic regulation authority or privately by the car owner.
5. Smart wrap around
Ever seen joggers and runners with a special wrap-around case clamped to their arms and chests? These are used to monitor vital physical parameters of the human body like heart beat rate and calorie burn percentage. Several vehicle manufacturers are coming up with similar installations on seat belts and steering wheels. This could come as a complete package within the Health Monitoring System for cars.
6. Digital displays on windshields
How cool would this be? This technology has the potential of eliminating our reliance on smart phones while driving in unfamiliar territories. A transparent and multi-functional display between you and the windshield can serve several purposes like over-speed warning systems, navigation systems, proximity alarm systems, etc. A thorough research and development in this technology will provide long distance drivers with a never before experience.
7. Driverless vehicles
The list keeps getting interesting. Autonomous driving systems without human interference but strictly within ‘pre-defined and controlled conditions’ will be a possibility by the year 2020. Tech-giants have already tested their smart cars in private driving areas and have come out with flying colors. But its implementation in urban roads is still a very long shot considering the morning and evening peak hours where the traffic goes haywire. Even the climatic conditions will play a decisive role in giving a green signal on a particular day and time frame.
8. Will the final say belong to the car?
Technically referred to as the ‘driver override system’, it is an update within the autonomous driving system. Even when the car is under complete control of the human driver, the vehicle will be programmed to sense situations where it has to take over the control in its hand and execute an override command. A simple example would be the self-braking system during over-speeding.
9. Distant shutdown
Another security system that already exists but showed negative results during its initial implementation is the remote shutdown feature for vehicles. It is expected that by 2020, this feature will be more commonly used with several upgrades in order to avoid mishandling and misuse.
10. Flying cars
This term has the power to generate a significant number of childhood memories, including TV shows and movies. The world was shown this dream for the first time in the movie ‘Back to the future’ where flying cars were littered all over the urban air s. pace. Kids of the 90’s era would be familiar with this term thanks to the super hit game ‘Grand Theft Auto’ where cheat codes could you get anything from a flying car to an amphibian vehicle enjoying the sea waves and road ways, both. Coming back to our point, a company called AeroMobil has started taking pre-orders for their flying cars that will be delivered by 2020! Even though it’s a childhood dream of everyone, it will be quite some time before these vehicles become a common trend.
In conclusion, we ask you, the way we ask ourselves. What would be the reaction of Henry Ford be looking at his very own invention?