Self Driving Cars
This might be the single biggest technology that will hit the automobile
It might seem like an idea from an old sci-fi movie or some Japanese
anime, but google is already in the process of testing out the prototypes.
Currently the design has drawn a lot of flak but tie
ups with major automobile giants can push this
Technology into the main stream.
V2V Car Communication
V2V stands for vehicle to vehicle communication.
Cars will be equipped with sensors and communication mechanisms that
will enable them to transfer data to each other. This will help avoid
accidents, chalk out new routes in case of log jams. For example if the
driver of one car were to jump he traffic lights other cars in the vicinity
would be notified to slow down in order to avoid any accident.
Also V2I i.e. vehicle to infrastructure seems another possible avenue which
can prove useful. For e.g. slow down or stop signs can signal cars to slow
down or stop in specific areas such as schools or hospitals.
Augmented Reality Windshields
These will be similar to the Nokia City Lens features but on the windshield.
Here, all the places being viewed through the screen have basic details
shown beside them and you can use gestures to select and obtain more
details about the place.
BMW is already testing this out with basic data of places being displayed
on the windshield of its prototype. But this technology has the potential to
have the whole UI of the in-built computer to be displayed on the
Energy Storing Body Panels
These panels are fashioned out of thin yet tough materials used in
satellites. They have tremendous energy storing capacity and are much
more efficient as compared to the lithium ion batteries in cars today.
These panels can be integrated with solar panels to store energy, the
dynamo in the wheels to store energy generated when driving and also
through the friction generated during breaking.
Personal Preference Pre-sets
Cars to have intuitive bots that record every drivers’ preferences and
habits and thus offers a better and personal driving experience to each
For e.g. the temperature settings, pre checking daily routes for jams and