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5 Future Car Technologies That Truly Have a Chance

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July 29, 2014

5 Future Car Technologies That Truly Have a Chance

The auto industry is constantly bringing us new technologies, whether it is for safety, entertainment, usefulness or simply for pure innovation.

So what's in store for future cars? Well, based on what's currently being tested and what's on the road today, we have an idea of some new technology that will most likely make it into production.

5. Cars That Communicate with Each Other and the Road

A developing technology called Vehicle-to-Vehicle communication, or V2V, is being tested by automotive manufacturers like Ford as a way to help reduce the amount of accidents on the road. Vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, or V2I, is being tested as well.

Both alert the driver about vehicles and object around him before he can even notice them.

4. Self-Driving Cars

In some of Google's tests, the cars learned the details of a road by driving on it several times, and then, it was able to identify by itself when there were pedestrians crossing and stopped to let them pass by. Self-driving cars could make transportation safer for all of us by eliminating the cause of 95 percent of today's accidents: human error 

3. Augmented Reality Dashboards

 In the near future cars will be able to identify external objects in front of the driver and display information about them on the windshield on top of what the driver is seeing in real life.

So if you're approaching a car too quickly, a red box may appear on the car you're approaching and arrows will appear showing you how to maneuver into the next lane before you collide with the other car.

2. Airbags That Help Stop Cars

Mercedes is experimenting with airbags that deploy from underneath the car that will help stop a vehicle before a crash. The airbags are part of the overall active safety system and deploy when sensors determine that at impact is inevitable. The bags have a friction coating that helps slow the car down and can double the stopping power of the vehicle.

1. Energy-storing Body Panels

The body panels being tested are made of polymer fiber and carbon resin that are strong enough to be used in vehicles and pliable enough to be molded into panels. The panels would capture energy produced by technologies like regenerative braking or when the car is plugged in overnight and then feed that energy back to the car when it's needed]. Not only would this help reduce the size of hybrid batteries, but the extra savings in weight would eliminate wasted energy used to move the weight from the batteries.

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