We may still be far from the day when we will regularly see high-flying clouds in the rear view mirror, but automotive technology has come a long way in recent years, and we can expect to see a lot more milestones being crossed before the decade is over.
In the auto industry, safety has been and will continue to be a top concern, as car companies race to outfit their vehicles with technologies that not only reduce the chance of a collision, but also better protect passengers in case one occurs.
Below, we cover the features that are most likely to be big sellers – perhaps even game changers – in the not-so-far-away future:
- Driver Assistance Systems – Our cars might not drive themselves by 2020, but they will make us safer drivers. For instance, radars will “watch” our blind spots, our rears, AND our fronts, essentially sensing accidents before they occur and coordinating with other systems (like brakes) to prevent them.
- 360 Driver Vision – Rearview cameras are already becoming standard; soon, cars will have more technologically advanced cameras that stitch together multiple feeds to give us a 360-degree view. Future drivers will have many eyes on the road.
- Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection – Sophisticated night vision systems are actually available on the market today. By using infrared light or amplifying available light, they help drivers spot incoming pedestrians in the dark. However, their current prices are too luxurious for the average consumer. But in the future, these systems may become affordable enough to enter the mainstream.
- Adaptive Cruising – Imagine cruising at highway speeds without having to constantly adjust your speed to match the vehicle in front: this is what adaptive cruise control offers. Like night vision systems, it’s currently optional (and expensive) on high end models, but will likely become standard in the future. The technology will also likely evolve enough to work at very low speeds, like in stop-and-go traffic.
- Cars Talking to Each Other – It may sound crazy now, but in the future, it will almost certainly become a reality. In the future, vehicles will use advanced Wi-Fi technology to “talk” to each other, transmitting their location and other vital information (speed, direction, and so on) to prevent a collision. However, expect the price tag for this option to remain hefty for many years past 2020.
Car accidents may become a thing of the past once all of these safety features become ubiquitous – but for now, they’re here to stay. Until then, rely on the experienced car accident lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm for all of your legal needs. Our number is 1-800-52-CRASH. We offer FREE consultations.