The Road to Smarter Vehicles: 6 Auto Industry Technological Advancements

Technology is rapidly changing the automotive industry, with new car technology breakthroughs springing up at sonic speeds. Today, the modern vehicle boasts state-of-the-art safety, infotainment, and energy features not present in vehicles that debuted just a few years ago. 

Fortunately, this innovation momentum shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, experts forecast that the vehicles of tomorrow come fully loaded with high-tech (and science-fiction-worthy) gizmos and gadgets that’ll send drivers barrelling into the 22nd century from 0 to 60. 

A growing reliance on Linux OS and Kubernetes

As car manufacturers move closer to self-driving cars, they turn to Linux OS and Kubernetes-based solutions like these to transform commuter vehicles into complex connected devices. With the help of high-tech software solutions, autonomous vehicles are capable of making quick local deliveries. For those who don’t identify as tech wizards, these operating systems will control self-driving cars, much like they control our smartphones and home computers. 

Soon, autonomous vehicles will change the way people go to work and run errands. Additionally, with upgraded technology, fewer drivers will fall victim to the run-of-the-mill fender bender, as self-driving vehicles quickly become the norm. 

Driver-assist features

In the last few years, manufacturers started to offer driver-assist features with self-driving capabilities. A popular innovation in many new vehicles is adaptive cruise control. In the past, drivers would set their cruise at 75 MPH, and the car would only travel at that rate of speed. 

With this forward-thinking technology, a vehicle will travel the specified MPH unless the car in front of it moves at a slower pace. No longer are the days of manually adjusting the speed based on surrounding drivers. With adaptive cruise control, this state-of-the-art technology will step into the driver’s seat and adjust the MPH automatically. 

Another self-driving driver-assist feature is lane keep assist. With this feature, cars utilize top-of-the-line sensors to stay within their lanes. In vehicles with lane keep and adaptive cruise, drivers can set the MPH and take their hands off the wheel, as the car will adjust speeds and stay within the lanes, even when the road curves. 

Cameras and sensors everywhere

Today’s vehicles are chalked full of cameras and high-grade sensors. For added safety, especially when pedestrians are present, cars have intuitive cameras installed on the exterior mirror on the right. When the driver turns right, the camera flips on, so drivers can see what is on the right side of the car. 

Manufacturers also install backup cameras on most new cars. With backup cameras, drivers spot children at play or pets idling behind the vehicle. Some vehicles are engineered with a car-roof-friendly camera, offering a full panoramic view for added safety purposes. 

Real-time navigation

Navigation systems have gone to the Cloud as drivers retrieve real-time info about delays, construction, and other road conditions. Electric cars offer real-time information about charging stations, and some navigation systems also share parking details for drivers navigating big cities. 

Predictive interactive technology

New cars have technology features that interact with smart device features. Cars are using predictive technology to learn voice commands and algorithms. They also connect to smart devices to share service notifications and theft. Rather than using keys, some drivers use their smartphones to start their cars. 

Installing smart head-up displays

Car manufacturers have used head-up displays for years, but the newest models have showcased more advanced technology. For instance, newer models project holographic navigation symbols, along with information about speed, RPMs, and gas mileage, directly onto the windshield for easy access. 

Innovation on the rise 

A few years ago, only a few carmakers manufactured hybrids or electric vehicles, like the Toyota Prius, Chevy Volt, and Nissan Leaf. With the popularity of Tesla vehicles, more manufacturers have accelerated cars, trucks, and SUVs into the next generation of electric vehicles. Now, most automakers offer electric options, like the Volvo Recharge, VW ID.4, and Ford Mustang Mach-E, to name a few. 

Drivers with EVs can install high-speed charging systems in their garages, and most electric vehicles have ranges between 250 and 300 miles per charge. 

Aside from electric car innovations, today’s drivers can expect even more technological advancements to debut on the market within the next few years, especially if more high-speed charging systems become available.