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Autonomous functionality, also known as driverless or self-driving, is already appearing on an increasing number of vehicles, with autonomous capabilities such as self-parking and adaptive cruise control available on most models.
Adaptive suspension enables a driver to custom fit vehicle suspension based on a ‘sport’ or ‘comfort’ preference.
Autonomous Safety Features
Systems such as Lane-Keep Assist (LKA), Automatic Forward-Collision Braking, Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) help improve the safety of all road users. Predictive Forward Collision Warning (FCW) has the ability to respond to a perceived incident two vehicles ahead.
Predictive analytics will play an increasingly important role with data mining, statistics, data modelling, machine learning and artificial intelligence making sense of the numbers. The result will be predictions for everything from when a vehicle is likely to break down, to suggestions for preventative maintenance, and identifying how driver behaviour is impacting insurance costs.
As motor vehicles become closer to computers on wheels than ever before, anti-virus software will play an increasingly important role in combating the threat of cyber security on our streets.
Rather than pressing a touch screen or using voice control, gesture control enables a driver to control various features through simple hand gestures.
Heads Up Display
Designed to assist driver safety, the augmented reality Heads Up display enhances the real world with technology – turning the traditional windscreen into a display showing speed, distance and traffic data.
By using a motorist’s driving and buyer preferences, predictive analytics could alert drivers to everything from potential vehicle breakdown to insurance rate premium changes.
Vehicle to vehicle communications (V2V)
Designed to make driving safer and more efficient, V2V communication technology allows enabled vehicles to talk to each other – sending or receiving information on traffic and weather conditions.
Google’s self-driving project Waymo has driven more than 2 million miles on the road with plans to add 100 more vehicles to its fleet in 2017 with the ultimate goal of developing safe, fully-autonomous vehicles.
Traditional vehicle manufacturing will be challenged by 3D printing as components and whole vehicles have the potential to be produced on a small scale at a relatively low cost.
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