Driving isn’t just something you do to get from A to B; it’s an experience. That’s why so many of us invest our hard earned cash into a car that not only meets our needs in terms of safety, comfort and aesthetics, but also the bells and whistles that further enhance our on-the-road adventures. And soon there will be even more to look forward to in car tech – from holographic windscreens to the next best thing since run-flats… Here are some of the most impressive and innovative upcoming technologies for your car:
- Imagine never having to worry about getting a flat tyre, ever again. Michelin, Bridgestone, and Hankook have all been working on the concept of airless tires for a while, but there’s no news yet as to when we can expect to bin our car jacks and wheel spanners. Read more here.
- There will be no more running around the house frantically looking for your car keys when you’re running late for work anymore. Biometric security is coming to your car, so say “hello” to fingerprint recognition and kiss your car keys goodbye!
- Think of how many accidents are the result of juggling your GPS with the steering wheel… not to mention, those last minute turns when it took you just a little too long to decipher which road your GPS was pointing you down. That’s where active window displays will come in, as the next step up from heads-up display. It will be able to present you with a new way of interacting with your navigation system, lighting up on your windscreen to show you exactly where to turn and so much more.
- We’ve all been holding thumbs for flying cars since we first saw the Jetsons, and now it looks like they could be arriving as soon as next year. On the downside, you probably won’t be able to hit the city with it until some kind of road system is developed specifically for the airborne automobile. Find out more.
- A developing technology called Vehicle-to-Vehicle communication is likely to reduce accidents on the road, by allowing cars to communicate to each other via wireless signals. So if someone runs a red light, your car will know before you do and hit the breaks to avoid collision.
- Everyone has heard about self-driving cars, and although they’ve already sprung up in a few places like in Pittsburgh thanks to Uber, it will still be a little while until the majority of us can get our hands on one. In the meantime, we’ll just spend our time in clutch-and-go traffic, dreaming up better ways we could be spending it.
- There are already cars with Active Health Monitoring that will tell you when you’re too tired to drive, but through the combination of wearables and autonomous technology, you might soon have a car that can track when you have a medical issue, automatically pull over and call emergency services.