In Car Technology of the Future
by Natasha Christou
Manufacturers in the automotive industry must constantly strive to keep their models up to date in order to keep up in the modern age. New and innovative technologies are being invented all the time and manufacturers must strive to keep up with new designs which enhance the driving experience and offer better efficiency. With the introduction of rear view cameras, Apple CarPlay, cruise control and more in recent years, the future seems full of possibilities - and now self-driving cars are set to enter the market.
But what features can we expect to be introduced in the next few years? Together with Grange used car specialists, we explore the in-car technology of the future:
A green future
The new model of Nissan Leaf debuts a one-pedal driving system. This electric car has twice the milage of previous models in the range and this new addition allows the accelerator pedal to double up as a multifunctioning e-pedal via touch.
Nicknamed the ECO-pedal system, the e-pedal works as a start, stop, accelerate and brake pedal. The new system also means that the vehicle will be able to slow to a stop on its own and hold itself in position on an include without using the brake pedal.
The ECO-pedal system can also control the speed of acceleration and prevent the engine from revving. An Eco-P lamp will also allow you to see the level of fuel-efficient driving. Nissan reported that energy efficient driving using the new pedal system can improve fuel efficiency by 10%.
Advanced weather adaptation
It was recently announced by Jaguar Land Rover that their new vehicles will feature advanced weather adaptation systems. Vehicles will be capable of adapting to weather changes automatically, making adjustments to climate control, traction, suspension and drivetrain in order to improve the driving experience and increase driving efficiency.
This system should come in particularly handy for Range Rover and Land Rover models such as the Land Rover Discovery Sport Hse, which is designed to drive on all terrains. The intelligent technology is said to be able to predict present and future weather patterns through GPS data and telematics and adapt the vehicles interior and exterior accordingly.
One feature suggested that the system will also be able to automatically close the vehicle windows if it detects rain on the way. Rain and terrain sensing mechanisms will also be able to control the pressure, humidity and temperature of the interior. In addition, exterior and interior lighting will alter depending on weather conditions.
Advanced weather adaptation systems are expected to get here in 2020, along with JLR's autonomous technology and electric models.
Vehicle safety features of the future
Most drivers will now be aware that self-driving cars are being developed. A number of manufactures are now offering self-driving technology as part of there new models - and these are being used to improve road safety.
ISA (Intelligent Speed Safety) technology will alert drivers who go over the speed limit using audio and visual warning systems. Through GPS, the system is able to know the location of the vehicle and match it with an in-built digital road map containing speed information for every road.
The system is also able to take control of the vehicle in order to double up as a speed limiter by reducing the throttle signal. Speed limiting technology can make it harder to speed up and drive over the speed limit by increasing pressure on the accelerator.
Blind spot information systems (known as BLIS) can help you to detect vehicles in your blind spot when changing lanes. The detection area is featured on each side of the vehicle and extends from the exterior mirrors to about 10 feet past the bumper. If there is a vehicle in your blind spot zone, a small light on the side of the wing mirrors will light up to alert you and switch off again when the zone is clear.
Lane-keeping systems, or lane departure warning systems are now featured in a few vehicles. These help you to stay in your lane on the motorway. Unless you are overtaking, it is highly important that you keep to your lane when on the motorway. The lane-keeping system alerts drivers via a vibration through the steering wheel if the vehicle starts to unintentionally stray out of its lane. In addition, in certain circumstances when the vehicle thinks that your reactions are slowed, it can provide a steering torque to move you back into the open space on your lane. This prevents drivers from straying out of their lane when on a dual carriageway or motorway surrounded by many other high-speed vehicles.
With the automotive industry constantly evolving and new technologies on the rise, we can safely say that we have a promising future on the horizon. We should expect the driving experience to undergo a full transformation in the coming years.