I mean, cars are just incredible, aren’t they? You can’t help but pity those people who see their four-wheeled friends as nothing more than a mode of transport and have no emotional reaction to the throaty hum of a finely tuned machine.
However, while there is certainly an incredible amount of pleasure to be taken from the mechanical performance of a car, there is another side of the modern vehicle – one which has the power to make your tech-geek senses tingle at the same time. Today’s cars are packed to the gills with exciting new digital technology, and it can be a real pleasure to thumb through a catalogue and explore all the standard features and optional extras your next first love will/can be fitted with.
And, while there is already a plethora of tech-based goodies out on the roads already, there is always room for more. With that in mind, here are X exciting tech features we’ll be seeing in our cars in the near future.
You know how it is. You’re driving your brand-new car down the road, enjoying the hum of the motor and the sound of air rushing over its sleek bodywork. However, then you look at your dashboard and think, “Why doesn’t this more closely resemble the Starship Enterprise?”
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Well, Mercedes-Benz have your back, with its ultra-high tech MBUX Hyperscreen. Running the full width of the vehicle, the Hyperscreen uses AI technology to personalise the content it presents to each driver. It can automatically recommend infotainment, comfort, and vehicle functions, all without the need for voice commands or scrolling through unwieldy submenus – keeping the driver from becoming distracted.
The screen also provides the occupant of the passenger seat with their own display and operating area.
Have you ever been sitting outside somewhere, waiting for a friend or family member to come out of a club/bar/activity/etc. and wished you had something more engaging to entertain you than your radio or phone?
A new suite of entertainment experience concepts by Harman is looking to answer your prayers and transform your cockpit into a video game console, a recording studio, or even a concert hall.
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Take the video game experience for example. When activated the lights will dim, the chair will slide back, and the sound level will be ramped up, all while taking advantage of high-resolution OLED and QLED displays. The creator studio will allow you to get more work on the go with a slew of video and audio editing tools, and Drive-Live Concert will broadcast live music straight into your car – think along the lines of a drive-in on steroids.
Next up is this amazing piece of future-tech from Cadillac. Built into its upcoming Celestiq EV, this technology will allow the driver to control the lighting levels in the car to an unprecedented degree.
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The roof of the vehicle is divided into four panels, each of which can be brightened or dimmed independently of one another. The eternal battle between occupants over what the acceptable light level is in a moving car could soon become a thing of the past, thanks to this incredibly cool tech.
Light features heavily on the exterior of the car as well with an illuminated badge, a fully lit up front end, and vertical running lights along either side.
It was only a matter of time before smart technology claimed the mirrors of your vehicle and now that time has arrived. We’ve had reversing cameras forever and a day, but this nifty device from the big brains at Gentex applies that technology in a whole new way.
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The mirror functions much like a traditional rear-view mirror except that it is actually a smart recording device. Everything you can see in the mirror is being captured and recorded in real-time and can easily be downloaded through the SD card or smartphone app. In the even of an impact to the rear of your car, the mirror automatically captures the footage and the other driver’s registration – making insurance claims and fault identification a breeze.
Yes, you read that right! Every kid who watched Back to the Future back in the 1980s has been waiting for this day – the flying cars have finally arrived.
OK, maybe not arrived – it’s still in concept form – but the eVTOL from Cadillac is set to be the first fully-autonomous air-taxi in existence and it’s awfully hard to not get incredibly excited about something like that.
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This futuristic machine looks like something straight out of a science-fiction movie and will have vertical take-off and landing ability, alongside voice recognition and temperature control technology. Its 90kWh battery and four propeller design will let it achieve a top speed of 56 mph, and the gesture and voice control will adjust various settings for a seamless ride. The eVTOL air taxi also has a glass roof allowing you to enjoy the stunning aerial views.
There you have five of our favourite pieces of automotive technology which are coming soon to a vehicle near you. Please let us know in the comments below which is your favourite and why it’s the flying taxi.
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