The Automotive Future: An Overview!

By: Kris LeSueur   |   18 Jan 2021

The automotive future is promising with all the innovative high-tech trends joining the mainstream, including; AI, solar power, and biometrics.

Let us take a look at the new technology heading our way!

Gesture-Based Entry

Several manufacturers have different names for their smart key systems, like Toyota calls it a Smart Key, Nissan has an Intelligent Key System, whereas BMW calls it a Magic Key. These systems and entries may go gesture-based shortly, eliminating the need for a key!

You might get to open the trunk by making a kicking motion with your foot under the rear of your car! It could take a while to adjust to the system, but no doubt, it'll come in handy when you are loaded with shopping bags from your grocery run.

Self-Healing Tires

While self-sealing tires are still under development, the run-flat tires are already here. These tires allow you to continue with a puncture but at a slower speed. BMW is already using them.

German scientists are already testing rubber compounds and technologies that will repair themselves at room temperature in around seven days. The carbon and nitrogen additives tend to allow crucial rubber bonds to improve.

An unscheduled roadside stop might just become history in a few years!

Biometrics

This new concept not only detects your pulse but also detects your breathing to recognize the driver with a multifunctional control element activated with one's palm.

Before this becomes a reality, cars will monitor drivers very closely for various reasons and pay attention to the acts of driving to optimize safety in the event of a crash. It will also be used to tailor infotainment experiences for each passenger.

Biometrics will help accomplish these goals!

Solar Powered Cars

Solar is finally making meaningful inroads as additional power sources for new vehicles, and this trend isn't for luxury cars alone; it's for everyone!

Korean automakers claim that the roof arrays will generate enough juice to provide for an additional 800 miles per year, and this technology will be live in their Sonata Hybrid Model. Come to think of it, 800 miles is quite significant!

Matrix Headlights

Also known as pixel lighting, they are controlled independently, and a camera is mounted behind the inside rearview mirror that can detect any light coming from behind.

Upon detecting a vehicle, it turns off the individual LED so that the driver of other cars is not dazzled.

Laser Lights

Laser lights are advanced, and they are the best in class, but they come with a hefty price tag. They energize a gas by using lasers, which is why the gas glows exceptionally bright. The best part about laser lights is that their throw of the headlight is significantly better as they can illuminate about 600m of the road ahead.

With time, this technology will evolve like all else, and we can expect more innovative headlights for our vehicles shortly!

Better Sound Quality

Your music will sound more live and more realistic, with a greater depth. The crossover network in a component system comes external to the woofer and tweeter.

Pioneer TS-6900PRO ($180+ per pair) is one of the best aftermarket car speakers available. Sound engineers conceived this masterpiece to produce consistent and realistic sound to make you feel like you're sitting next to the band! It's a compact unit; it won't take much space in your car.

Another excellent addition is JBL GTO 860 ($150+ per pair). It is no surprise that they make one the best aftermarket car speakers! The GTO 860 can deliver excellent sound, thanks in part to a woofer cone made out of fiberglass.

Infinity Kappa 62IX ($130+ per pair) gives you better sound quality than several standard speakers, with some control over what your setup delivers. It is compact enough to fit in just about every vehicle model, it looks so good, and the sound quality is top-notch!

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