Global automotive makers expected to spend $300 billion on electric vehicle technology over the next decade, according to a report by Reuters. Although automobile features, both internal and external, have changed over the past 100 years, the way people drive cars has not changed. However, in the next ten years, we expect fundamental changes in the industry. Cars will not only be powered and wired differently, but also transform the way we drive. As you continue learning how to effectively use modern technology, be prepared to welcome the era of self-driving cars and augmented reality.
Augmented Reality in Luxury Cars
The features of high-end automobiles like the Audi, Rolls Royce, BMW Series, or Porsche are enough to grab your attention. While almost every automobile model has a rearview camera and touch screen when it comes to luxury cars, the equipment is advanced to improve your driving experience, comfort, and safety. Now, imagine how driving a luxury car will be like in the future. People will not have to look under the dash or smartphone to retrieve driving information with the introduction of augmented reality in cars. All the driving data will be available on a heads-up display. Aside from providing valuable road info, augmented reality will help drivers avoid hazards by sending notifications of blind spot threats.
For example, Nissan’s Invisible to visible technology will allow drivers in the feature to have augmented reality passengers whom they can interact with and even swap driving tasks. Also, using augmented reality rearview mirrors will have iris detection to identify a driver. Then adjust the car settings, from temperature, seat position, and even music depending on the driver’s preferences.
Brain to Vehicle Technology
Experts believe if drivers could swerve or brake ahead of time, there would be few cases of accidents on the road. Last year, Nissan presented new tech that can anticipate a driver’s intention. The B2V or brain to vehicle technology decodes the driver’s brain activity and predicts what he is about to do and speeds up the reaction by up to half a second. Thanks to a wearable head device, the B2V technology will detect the impulse produced in the brain and step in to assist the driver in maneuvering in time. Additionally, B2V tech can use augmented reality to create a relaxing environment by adjusting what the driver sees.
Voice Command: The Future of In-Car Interaction
Believe it or not, in-car voice commands will allow drivers to have a two-way conversation with their vehicle. You can tell your car where you want to go and the route you would prefer on how to get there. Voice command technologies like Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Echo, and Alexa will make it possible for you to tell your car to choose a parking space, change routes, and destinations. It will then navigate to the closest parking lot based on programmed preferences in your vehicle. Although in-car interaction is in the infancy stage, expectations are high as Artificial Intelligence-driven voice command assistants will impact how we control cars.
Technological advances will continue to change how cars look and feel. There will be more changes from how we drive and interact with vehicles. Given that more innovative minds are penetrating the industry, shared autonomous cars is not far from reality.