10 car tech tools to crave
There are some cool tech tools that are long overdue in our cars, that would give us a better, easier driving experience, and literarily make us want to spend more time in our cars, than outside of them. It’s amazing how close (and yet so far!) we are to so much amazing tech. Here are ten of such technologies that aren’t in cars yet, but should be.
10.) Universal Phone Mount: Automakers, want to know how to make an #infotainment system those elusive #millennia’s will like? Get rid of whatever you have, replace it with a universal smartphone mount, a USB and/or an aux jack, and wifi capability.
9.) Tint Controlled Windows: It would be brilliant for protecting the stuff inside your car, without making you look like a drug kingpin. You could go past places where you don’t want people to see it’s you. And you could remove the tint, so the boys in black don’t harass you, for a permit, since it’s been banned by the Nigerian Police.
Mercedes sort of does this with their Magic Sky Control roof, but I think there’s a much more practical application for the technology that hasn’t been made yet.
8.) Flashing Brake Lights With ABS: So simple, but I think this could be highly effective. I’m sure there’d be concerns with trying to discern this with a driver being on and off the brakes, but maybe only the CHMSL could be the one flashing. It’d almost be too easy to put into cars.
7.) Facial Recognition: Wouldn’t it be great if your car automatically pulled up your preferences whenever you stepped in? Buttons just take so much damn effort sometimes, right?
This could also be an interesting safety feature, with the car only able to be driven by recognised faces.
6.) GPS-Enhanced Cruise Control: BMW developed a system that can use GPS information to tell the transmission what gear it should be in, but I think there’s a huge opportunity for GPS enhanced car tech.
Cruise control would be great because the car would know when to apply throttle/braking, making for a smoother ride.
5.) Projected Driving Line: This would bring the best of the video game world to the real world. Jaguar has developed a concept of a system that does this, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to hit the market anytime soon.
It would definitely make driving on Nigerian roads much easier, especially since most of the driving lines meant to guide motorists have vanished, and government officials don’t give a damn that the lines are for safety of drivers.
4.) Turbines To Charge Batteries: One of the coolest things about Jaguar’s (sadly) cancelled C-X75 concept car was that it used turbines to charge the batteries, which was a genius because turbines are small and can be powered by virtually anything.
Mazda and Audi are looking to do a similar thing by using a Wankel engine to be a range extender. So yeah, rotary hybrid: that’s something we can get behind.
3.) Thermal Energy Recovery: Cars generate a lot of heat, but all of that is wasted energy. With exhaust heat recovery tech – like the stuff they use in F1, cars could be so much more efficient and better performing.
2.) Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communication: V2V communication is one of the most innovative safety initiatives in the car world right now. The potential for cars to be able to “talk” amongst each other and to surrounding infrastructure could have great implications for vehicle safety.
Let’s just hope idiots don’t ruin it.
1.) Replace The Check Engine Light With Real Warnings: I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: why the hell do we need an OBDII scanner to figure out what the hell is wrong with our cars when cars have infotainment screens?
It simply doesn’t make sense.
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