The rate of which automotive technology has advanced over the years is truly wondrous and a thing to behold. We have seen sophisticated technology in cars, pick-ups, buses, and trucks that we could only have dreamt of thanks to technology implementations such as Al, big data, and the use of analytics, biometrics, solar power, Smart Visors and more.
Take a look at cars like the Mitsubishi Xpander which comes with a new 9-inch infotainment touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, while the Wuling baojun 310 comes equipped with a 3.2-inch travel computer. The Hyundai Sonata also comes with interesting hi-tech features like Drowsy-Driver Attention warnings.
Some of the major technological trends taking the automotive sector by storm can be seen in the infographic below.
Here are the top 10 automotive technologies of 2020.
1 Electric Vehicle Technology
With the prices of fuel skyrocketing and with more people developing a conscious need to protect the environment has prompted car manufacturers like Nissan and Tesla to start manufacturing more electric-powered cars.
Electric vehicles are equipped with an electric motor and a battery. During braking, the electric motor acts as a generator that charges the battery. While in motion, the engine is powered by the electric motor which now receives power from the battery.
2 Self-Driving Vehicles
If a report by Forbes earlier this year is anything to go by, Tesla will soon roll out its first self-driving cars, even though there is some pushback from other automotive manufacturers such as GM and Ford. Google Waymo is leading the way for autonomous cars and has been testing its cars in different environments.
Cameras, sensors and software constantly scan for objects around the car while it is in motion, with the software predicting every movement, and by using big data, it can analyze objects or people around it. This modern automotive technology embraces the use of Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS), AI, and sensor technology.
With such a hi-tech feature, people who love car camping will be able to have more time to relax and enjoy the road trip compared to traditional car travel.
3 Connectivity and Apps
Connected cars are on the rise. Even the smallest cars like the Honda WRV are well-connected with platforms like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The inclusion of internet connectivity enables passengers to connect via WiFi, download apps, and exchange data. More importantly, it allows cars to communicate with each other.
Just forget the AeroMobil flying car and deal with the lesser-connected cars with the best automotive techs 2020. The connectivity technology in automotive works on different levels. A vehicle is able to connect with the clouds, detect pedestrians and collect data from the infrastructure.
4 Exit Warning Systems technology
Opening the door of a parked car can sometimes be dangerous, especially if you don’t check your side mirrors as you can accidentally hit another car or a person. Exit Warning is one of Ford’s new automotive technology features that relies on audible alerts and visuals to warn car occupants of possible danger when opening a door. The Blind Spot Assist safety technology in Mercedes utilizes the Exit Warning tech to detect cyclists, passing pedestrians, and other motorists.
The Mercedes A-Class sedan incorporates the use of door lighting which flashes red when a passenger or the driver tries to open the car’s door if it detects an incoming object, like another vehicle, or a person.
5 Variable Compression Turbo Engine Technology
The Nissan VC turbo engine is designed with variable compression function. The 2019 Nissan Altima is equipped with this VC turbo engine, where the engine utilizes both direct and multi-point injection for efficient power balance under any condition.
The compression ratios are between 18:1 for high performance and 14:1 for high efficient performance, with the driver being given the option to at the cockpit to adjust the compression for more efficiency.
6 Remote Smart Parking Assist
The 2020 Hyundai Sonata and most Mercedes-Benz models are credited for effectively employing features like Remote Smart Parking Assist. Vehicles with automated parking systems use cameras and sensors to detect spaces in the parking lot. The driver also has the option to select park assist or park it manually themselves.
Porsche Cayenne drivers can also use their smartphones which are compatible with Remote Park Assist to park their cars.
7 Driver Override Systems
Not to confuse Driver Override Systems with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) system in cars like the Daihatsu Terios, the Driver Override employs automobile technology that uses sensors to recognize signals.
While pressing the smart pedals, sensors convey data to the car’s computer to signal danger. The computer can then implement an override that takes over the operation of the vehicle and reduces its power through an integrated system, bringing the car to a safe stop.
8 Biometric Vehicle Access
With Biometric Vehicle Access System, car owners can access their cars using biometrics like their voice, fingerprint, or even their irises. This can be used together with alarm systems and the existing access controls, voice recognition software, and figure sensors where mathematical pattern systems can detect whether the person attempting entry is the authorized person.
9 Remote Vehicle Shutdown
Even though this system was intended for use by law enforcement, individuals and organizations have embraced the use of this technology to disable the vehicle remotely. According to Global Newswire, the Remote Vehicle Shutdown system market is expected to increase by a CAGR of 8.04% from 2018 to 2026.
Otherwise known as a starter interrupter device, this inbuilt-tracking device uses GPS coordinates to locate the car and car owners will then by able to use their mobile devices to send an SMS to disable the vehicle.
10 Teen Driver Technology
Chevrolet Colorado is a perfect example of a vehicle that has incorporated Teen Driver Technology to help keep teens safe as they drive the vehicle. GMC is another car maker whose lineup features a system that monitors the driving habits of teens and even guides them on what to do.
Once the Teen Driver System is activated, safety features like Traction Control, Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Alert and Stability Control, similar to those featured in Daihatsu Terios, are turned “ON” by default.
The 2020 Automotive technologies are just the tip of the iceberg the prediction of the future of cars comes true. Every automotive brand is rushing to equip their new models with the best automotive technologies. Even Honda is looking to upgrade some of its classics, like the Honda Civic where patent images of the 11th gen model have been spotted, showing how Honda plans to upgrade a classic using new technology and keeping them in-line with current market trends.