One of the most incredible things about Sci-Fi is the fact that it goes beyond literature. Some people, like Jules Verne and Aldous Huxley, had a power of imagination through which they surpassed even some of the world’s greatest developers. This is why the latter used their works of fiction as an inspiration. The most curious thing about this is the fact that present-day cars possess gadgets that are far superior to those that most Sci-Fi authors even dared imagine in their fictional spaceships.
Not only that but some of these incredible devices are becoming more and more standardized, so in the nearest future, we can expect virtually everyone to have them in their vehicle. This being said, here are a few in-car technologies that everybody needs.
1. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication
Before we even start, it is important to mention that 90 percent of all traffic accidents are caused by a human error. Therefore, it isn’t surprising that some of the greatest minds of the automotive industry have set their minds towards trying to remedy this. Today, with the vehicle-to-vehicle communication system in its full swing, there might be a way to fix this problem once and for all. Aided with vehicle-to-infrastructure and pedestrian detection systems, cars of the future might be able to protect even the most reckless of drivers, thus making the traffic safer.
2. InControl Infotainment
The best way to describe InControl Infotainment would be to name it the ultimate high-tech vehicle control hub. By installing a powerful 10” touchscreen as the main operative terminal, you get a full power of customization over your vehicle. Not only this, but it also possesses a head-up display that puts all the information you need right in front of you, bringing your windshield one step closer towards the augmented reality. This means that you won’t have to move your eyes from the road in order to inspect the navigation, which can make your commute much safer and less distracting.
3. A Bluetooth key
One of the greatest problems with car keys is just how easily they get misplaced, which is why having a Bluetooth key might be a perfect solution to this particular problem. Think about it, a 2017 person might forget their key, their wallet or even their pants at home but never their smartphone. Aside from acting as a key, having a Bluetooth connection with your car can also be handy for some routine inspections you may have in mind. For instance, if you want to check your car’s battery, you can do so with your phone.
4. Voice control
Finally, another great idea that could potentially help you get a much firmer grip on the control of your vehicle is the ability to manage some of its functions with your voice. The main advantage of this is the fact that you can make a call, respond to a text message or change the song without taking your hands off the wheel or taking your eyes off the road. All you would have to do is tap the button on (or next to) your wheel and utter the command.
At the moment, it appears that in a few decades time, our vehicles will have more in common with a smartphone than with their 20th-century counterparts. However, if this goes along greater practicality, greater comfort and much greater safety, then this is the price we should be more than willing to pay. Furthermore, with the above-mentioned augmented reality technology on the rise, the ever-growing trend of the Internet of Things and the incoming 5G, who knows what the future has in store for the automotive industry.