Last year, the automotive electronics market was valued at over $217 billion, according to Grand View Research. Just like mobile device tech, car tech is developing at an exponential rate, with the emergence of electric engines and AI-powered systems. We have come a long way from the bulky in-car cellular phone holsters of the 80s. To give you a taste of just how expansive the car tech revolution has become, here are three examples of upcoming technologies you might not have heard about.
3D gesture control systems
Innovators in the field of advanced car tech are currently developing infotainment systems that can be controlled by a quick flick of the hand or other body part. This sets a clear vision of the future that could come from this technology. Very soon, we could have car audio systems that could change tracks or radio stations with an absent-minded swish of the fingers, or take calls by flashing a gesture of your choosing at the infotainment screen. Further than that, 3D gestures could also control air conditioning, lighting, and even chair reclining mechanisms.
You have probably heard of the self-driving feature present on Tesla’s and other top of the line cars. Chances are, you’ve probably heard of how such features are not 100 percent reliable too. While we’re still perfecting self-driving tech, the same spatial awareness used in AI principles have found more promising results in the development of self-parking tech. Simply drive the vehicle into the recommended position, and the onboard artificial intelligence and sensors will take care of the rest. Unlike the other items in this article, this high-tech feature of tomorrow is available right now in recently released car makes and models.
Augmented reality dashboards
Augmented Reality tech entered widespread consciousness around the same time as virtual reality, but did not get nearly the same exposure. However, it has arguably more applications than VR, which we’re beginning to see in the advent of the Internet of Things. One such application is the AR Dashboard, which renders all need-to-know information onto your dash without having to rely on physical gauges and meters that are prone to breakage. Current prototypes make use of smart watches and modular HUD projectors. But in the future, this could expand to digital eyewear and even full windshield displays.
These three technologies alone could change the face of car technology as we know it. But the amount of tech being developed for mainstream implementation is far more substantial. In the years to come, tech pioneers like Tesla might render vehicles downright unrecognizable from the inside out.