Top 20 most likely features you could expect in upcoming cars
20. Heads-up Display
The heads up display in the windshield would make the driver feel more safer. The focus need not be shifted and all the information will be furnished in the windshield itself. The three main components which will make up the HUD are a projector, combiner and a video generation computer. This system is present in aircraft where the pilot does not need to look away for any required data.
19. High speed 4G for cloud computing
The 4G network can be incorporated in the cars in the near future where there will be ultra-broadband internet access while traveling, video conferencing and even cloud computing. The 4G standards set peak speed requirements for mobile communication using 4G to be 100Mb/s.
18. Oxygen Emissions
This idea first came up from Mercedes-benz, in a competition in 2010 where the objective was to build a car able to hold 4 people safely and comfortably and the total weight of the car must not exceed 454 kg. This concept was called as Biome concept. This system was called as symbiosis system, where a car is eco-friendly in nature. They use only the green technologies and use renewable solar energy to power the vehicles. The main innovation is the oxygen emissions from the car helpful for urban areas to meet the air quality standards.
17. Intent Engines
This engine is based on artificial intelligence,which analyses the past and present actions and sends what needs to be done. For instance, if the fuel meter is down and the car needs to be refueled and the car is leaving the city, this intent engine will give signal to the driver that the cost of petrol in the destination is high and it is better to refuel the tank now. You can also have an app in the mobile phone, which connects to the intent engine and this can send information regarding what you need. For example if you set a remainder that you want to meet the professor the next time you visit this city, the intent engine will recognize the place and send remainder to you accordingly.
16. Air Propulsion
The compressed air technology can run the vehicle theoretically to 1000 miles before refuelling. The concept was brought forth by Cadillac. Hybrid air is also being thought to be used, where the car can breathe using oxygen.
15. Hydrogen Power
This vehicle as the name suggests, uses hydrogen for its powering. Daimler AG, Hyundai and Toyota signed for producing vehicle cell powered by hydrogen by 2015.
14. Magnetic Drive
The electric vehicles of future will have motors driven in all the four wheels. The inline magnetic drive system is actually from the Nissan iv concept and you can see several of its features as well here.
13. Airbag Deployment underneath the car
There are airbags system which helps to recover from the crash. Mercedes is currently working on airbag system in the sides, and underneath the car, to deploy when crash is about to take place certainly which is in turn. There are also friction system in the air bags which will help while braking and doubling the stopping power of the car.
12. Self Parking Cars
The self parking system of today is not completely automatic where brakes however have to be controlled by the operator while the steering will perform the action of parking the car. It was first introduced in Toyota Prius. The sensors are used in this process where the signals are transmitted out from the car and the receiving signals will be interpreted which will give the information regarding the object it struck and returned. This activates another sensor which calculates the location and the space in which it is best suited to park the vehicle. It then activates the physical steering and the job is completed. The completely automatic parking will be available probably by 2015.
11. Electric Cars
Electric motors are used in electric cars to give steady acceleration. The batteries are used to charge these cars and they provide energy for the car. These electric cars offer several advantages over the normal IC engine operated cars. However, if there are charging points available at different parts of the city, then electric cars are sure to make a hit in the auto industry.
10. Dashboard Technology
The Augmented Reality Dashboards (AR) will be able to identify the objects in front of the vehicle and would be telling the driver complete information on it. Toyota has taken this project where there is facility for the driver to even zoom in what is before the car.
There will be a transparent Organic LED panel giving good range of vision for the driver. Everything else will be controlled by touch screen. Lithium polymer gel batteries are used here. The top speed will reach up to 87 miles perhour.
8. Predictive Suspension
The car will know what is ahead and react accordingly. Audi has come up with this idea and with this system, the comfort in driving will be improved with greater suspension system. The sensors will be present which will monitor the road completely from the input given from the camera mounted on the rear-view mirror and send signals corresponding to it and activate the suspension pre-hand. The wheels will be moved up or down according to the inputs received ensuring that the people in the car do not feel any bumps. However it works well only with highway speed limits where the system can predict bumps up to 65 feet distance.
7. Camless Engine
The engines will not have any camshaft. The objective of the camshaft is to operate the poppet valves. In the camless engines, these poppet valves will be however actuated using electromagnetic or hydraulic or pneumatic controls. The output will be high and the emissions will be controlled. The overall weight of the engine will be decreased with reduced moving parts, thus increasing the efficiency of the engine.
6. Communicating Car
In future, you can have cars communicating with the other car when it comes near by throwing a red light or even applying automatic brakes. This technology is called as V2V (Vehicle to Vehicle communication). This project is handled by ford and they working forward to making cars to communicate with each other effectively. The cars will have wireless communication between each other and they will send and receive signals from each other. There is also another type of V2I communication, expanded as Vehicle to Infrastructure communication. This method will allow the cars to communicate with petrol bunks and check the fuel supply in the car and alert the driver or it can be used to communicate with the nearby tollbooth sending the rate to the driver.
It is expanded as Kinetic Energy Recovery System. This system is currently present in race cars and super cars and can be built into ordinary cars as well. Basically, the kinetic energy will be stored when braking is applied and later it will be used during acceleration. The overall economy of the vehicle will be improved. There can be controlled torque in the low end of the engine. And so high revving will be possible without considering the torque factor.
4. Solar Car
These cars would incorporate a solar panel at its top which would power the battery to run the vehicle, simultaneously can be used to operate the air-conditioning system, when it is sunny. This is an option is Prius car however in future, this has the high chance of getting into every car out on the road because the fuel of present day is not going to make it till the end and there is a need of renewable resource into the system of automobiles.
Gibbs Technologies produced Amphada which is capable of traveling in water as well as on land. The technology will come to most of the cars in future. Some of them consider this as major breakthrough in automobile field while some consider to be a silly idea. However this amphibian cars have the scope of market in the future, especially in countries where river navigation is possible. The idea may seem to be shaky but its definitely worth trying.
2. Flying Car
No one likes to wait in traffic jam. What if there is a flying car in future for everyone. The auto field is thinking about and several prototypes have already been coming and being analysed by major car manufacturers. This may hit the market probably by 2030. But, if it hits, it will definitely be a major breakthrough in auto sector.
1. Self-driving Car
One of the technologies that is expected to revolutionize the automobile sector in the forthcoming years is the self-driving cars. Google is working on this project for robotic cars. The project is currently co-ordinated by Google leader Mr. Sebastian Thrun, also the director of Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He was the co-inventor of Google Street view as well. The cars will be able to detect traffic signals, find alternate routes, notice and understand the traffic boards even before it is visible for the driver. Platooning is the concept used where multiple cars close to each other act as single unit and communicate with each other. This is believed to reduce the accidents in future. This mechanism is operated by integrated all the future concepts and is expected to hit the automobile sector before 2020.