Recently I was imagining what cars would be like 25 years from now. My son will be around the same age as I am now, so he will be growing up in this transition. Today we already have vehicles parking themselves and in 2 1/2 more decades it will most likely be old news.
This scares the b-jesus out of some people, but if you’re like us, we can’t wait to see the new innovations reach the automotive market. Here is what you can expect when it comes to the future of driving:
Exterior Air Bags
In order to reduce the damage to vehicles and enhance a driver and/or rider’s safety, exterior air bags will be found on most vehicles in the future. When you think about it, exterior air bags sounds like it will feel like bumper cars if you get in an accident. How long before you see the majority of cars with external airbags? Give it about 5 to 10 years.
Long Range Headlights
Often times we are driving down a dark two-lane road, and even if with our brights on; there isn’t enough lighting. Sure you might be able to see a vehicle coming, but other issues could surface. For instance, if you live out in the country and have tons of deer roaming the roads, it’s easy for one of them to dart across the street right in front of you.
Whatever the reasoning; there is advanced technology working towards a longer beaming light. The ones we have found revolve around laser headlights or high beams. It’s another innovation you can expect to see in the next decade or so.
If you’re an avid Internet user, you probably already know how your web browser collects data about you. It figures out what you commonly research, and then when you visit pages, it provides ads based on your searches. Even though vehicles won’t actually be “Google” vehicles, we will see futuristic vehicles with the ability to collect data from you.
However, these cars are going to keep track of your behavior behind the wheel. This doesn’t just mean where you go either. It will track how fast you break, your average speeds, and how sharp you take a turn, and everything else that happens in a vehicle. We have already experienced insurance companies giving drivers a little usb to place in their vehicle, but eventually this will be in a car’s computer system.
You’ve probably heard about refrigerators knowing when you’re at the grocery store and texting you anything that is needed. Well, this type of innovation will eventually happen between vehicles. They will be able to tell each other how fast they are going, if there are any dangers on the horizon or coming up behind you, which is supposed to keep us all safer.
A good example of this is when you’re at a red light with a car right in front of you. Both of you are in the right lane and you are allowed to turn right on read. We have probably seen a dozen accidents occur when the front car starts to go, but slams on their brakes at the last second. The end result always seems to be a fender-bender.
If you were the car behind the first car, this technology would say something like; “car turning right” or “car stopping.” Oh, and if you want to know what V2V stands for, its; vehicle to vehicle communication.
All of these are going to be great innovations of the next 25 years. Hopefully we’ll get to see them sooner than later.