Technology and automotive shows are usually a clear indication of future trends in the car industry. Recent shows in the US were no exception. From new technology unveiled, it is easy to see that the future of driving is quite exciting. Not only has driving experience been a focus, but safety was also a hot topic at the 2015 North American International Auto Show and 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). With road safety in South Africa being a real concern, new and advanced safety features are a welcome addition.
Features that stood out include:
Bigger dashboard consoles with fewer knobs, lessening driver distraction. Many models have even been equipped with all touchscreen interfaces.
Gesture recognition capabilities – common hand movements are picked up by sensors, allowing drivers to keep their eyes on the road while changing the radio volume, for example.
New predictive aspects will be able to warn drivers of potential dangers at four-way stops.
If you have any medical concerns, your seatbelt or steering wheel will soon be able to track your vital signs. The goal of manufacturers is to create a car that can pull itself over and alert the closest hospital if the driver has a heart attack, epileptic attack or any number of emergency situations.
These are only a few new innovations. Others include cars that can be started with smart watches or self-driven vehicles. Unfortunately we will have to wait for quite some time before these features become available commercially.
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