How Upcoming Technology May Change Your Driving Experience

Nowhere does the future of technology appear more quickly than in automobiles, it seems. Every year, major auto manufacturers debut groundbreaking new features and auto body designs. Let’s consider the technological leaps that drivers will note in their new vehicles in the following decade or so.

Driving Assistance Features

Automakers have introduced a few driving assistance technologies in the last few years that, when used, help drivers lower the number of U.S. car accidents involving driver error – currently more than 90%. Besides lane-keeping assistance, automatic braking, and pedestrian alerts, automakers continue to work to develop self-driving cars. These progressive features on the road to autonomous driving could transform the driving experience, reducing anxiety while driving and assisting those who prefer a quiet, staid transportation experience.

Interior Safety Features

Beyond those features that make it possible for a driver to receive computer assistance in navigating or monitoring the road, automakers also make it easier to remain safer inside the vehicle. When car crashes do occur, 70% of victims travel inside the vehicles involved. While pedestrian alerts help protect the 30% of pedestrians injured in auto accidents, auto manufacturers developed heads-up displays to provide all the dashboard data on the windshield. That ensures a driver never needs to take their eyes off of the road to know facts about their vehicle, such as how much gas remains in the tank.

On vehicle exteriors, automakers have turned to automatic high-beam headlights and LED lighting to improve a driver’s ability to see the road ahead. Automating these light systems ensures they activate in any scenario that requires them, such as a cloudy day that makes the daytime seem like evening. Curve-adaptive headlights illuminate the road, even when the vehicle navigates a curve or turn.

Transitioning to All-Electric Vehicles

California led the way in instituting zero-emissions requirements for vehicles sold there and the U.S. followed suit. By setting new emissions guidelines in 2020 and strengthening them in 2023, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ensured that automotive manufacturers would develop electric vehicle options to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while enabling U.S. residents to continue to travel in the manner to which they’ve become accustomed since the advent of the U.S. interstate system in the 1950s. By 2040, electric vehicles will account for about two-thirds of auto sales, according to Bloomberg. Expect electric battery design to continue evolving as the auto industry attempts to replicate the horsepower and torque of larger gas-powered engines while increasing the number of miles an electric vehicle can travel on a single charge.

Assisting the Aging

As society as a whole ages, the number of individuals aged 65 and older blossoms, much as it did when members of the Baby Boomer generation comprised the majority. By 2030, Hyundai estimates about one-fifth of drivers will belong to this older group, so it focuses its development on in-car health services and communication technologies. Wearable robotic technology will also help these older individuals maintain their active lifestyles.

The Rise of Individualism

Due to the convergence of aesthetics and technology, car buyers will demand greater customization of their vehicles. The automotive industry has answered this demand by providing a greater diversification of trim levels and optional packages. Car buyers can add badging and many interior and exterior color and materials options to their vehicles.

The Near-Future of Automobiles

Whether in Detroit or Tokyo, automakers continue to focus on the development of technology to differentiate their vehicles from the others on the road. Societal changes, such as aging, influence some of these developments, while a growing need for safety on the roadways influences others. Expect these technologies to improve every aspect of automobiles, from headlights to entertainment features.

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