Looking Ahead: The Future of Car Tech

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The year is 2000. As your alarm clock rings, your automated bed slides you out into a standing position and the fashion robot dresses you and perfectly coifs your hair. After drinking an automated soylent-like shake for breakfast, your sleek, dome-topped vehicle flies you to work at lightning speed.

In the 1950s, cartoons and sci-fi movies alike gave us great expectations about the near future of car tech. While the new millennia didn’t usher in these futuristic (and possibly implausible) technologies, we’ve surely come a long way. From power steering and back-up cameras, to smartphone connectivity and mobile Wi-Fi, driving tech is still pretty futuristic, even when compared to the actual year 2000.

With the rush of new trends and tech in the last 20 years, it is hard to predict what exactly what is on the horizon. However, let’s take a moment to bring out our crystal ball and look into the future of cars.

Five Years

Due to the rise of smartphones over the last ten years, there has been a significant push for compatibility in cars. All new vehicles feature USB ports and some form of smartphone tech, but within the next five years, you can expect to see more and more technologies emerge to improve connectivity. This includes combining them with Human Computer Interfaces (HMI), like Apple Car Play and even making Wi-Fi or 4G standard for new vehicles, instead of just for higher end models.

Soon, you’ll even begin relying on your smartphone to operate certain aspects of your vehicle. To make this safer, you’ll need the help of voice command. Voice command technologies, while imperfect (and even dangerously distracting) now, look to be promising features for cars over the next few years.

Ten Years

Self-driving cars seem to dominate the news these days. While more car communication systems and self-driving features may be developed within the next five years, it may take about 10 for autonomous cars to truly become standard. This feature means cars must also begin to accommodate for hands-off drivers, bringing more screens into the car. The hope is that we will be able to work, watch movies, and browse the Internet without needing to pay much attention to the road. And most importantly, more car communication also means safer roads.

Beyond that? Holographic displays look quite promising. Flying cars…still not so much. One thing that is for sure is that the driving experience will be entirely revolutionized in the next fifteen years. What features are you looking forward to having in your car in 2030?  

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