The Car Tech Countdown to 2018 infographic discusses all of the different technology available in cars now as well as what will be coming up in the next several years.
In 2013, distance control is being used to help drivers keep a safe distance behind the car in front of them. Adaptive cruise control offers drivers the ability maintain a set distance from other vehicles, using laser or radar technology. This is already available in many upscale brands including Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW, and Lexus.
In 2014, many vehicles will be embedded with 4G access. Many of the big brand cars will be incorporating this Internet technology and GM has already partnered with AT&T.
In 2015, 13 Japanese corporations have announced they will be investing in hydrogen powered cars. Such corporations as Nissan, Toyota, and Honda will be debuting these cars in Japan and companies will be required to offer 100 filling stations for hydrogen throughout the metropolitan areas of the country.
By 2016, compressed air power will be making its way into the mainstream. This kind of technology exists today, however major automakers will be embracing this technology by 2016. Peugeot and Citroen have already addressed the issue of compressed air energy storage technology and how it has limited range by combining it with an internal combustion engine that is powered by petrol.
A self-driving car is thought to enter the market by 2017. Ford has already projected this possibility to hit the road by 2017 and this includes an adaptive cruise control to keep pace with the car in front as well as sonar monitors for blind spots and vehicles that are passing. There will also be a Lane Keep Assist with a camera built into the mirror to keep the car centered in the lane.
By 2018, drivers will have forgotten about the radio knob altogether. They will only know about Internet radio as it is expected to dominate the market during that timeframe. Such companies as Pandora and Spotify are positioned to provide services, though there are rumors that many automakers will be developing their own services.
Each of the different auto manufacturers in the marketplace have technology that is unique to their brand either now or is scheduled to appear in the near future. Many of these sci-fi-esque features will be gracing cars within the next five years, offering drivers more technology, more safety, and the ability to go green.
- 2013 – The 5 Most Important Upcoming Car Technologies
- 2014 – Most 2014 GM Cars will also be a Wifi Hotspot
- 2015 – Hydrogen Honda Cars in 2015
- 2016 - Peugeot Citroen to Introduce Compressed Air Hybrid by 2016
- 2017 - Ford Predicts Self-driving, Traffic-reducing Cars by 2017
- 2018 – Internet Car Radios Will Surge by 2018