After people stop their heads spinning from the tech in cars
today, they ask me, whatÃ?s coming next?
ThatÃ?s when I give
them a long look and decide if they can handle the truth.
IÃ?m B.C. with my Top 5 Future Car Tech Innovations: Not a
bunch of Sci Fi, but tech this is the next revolution and about to
go big, ranked in rough order of imminence.
From the Ford EOS concept that can tell if youÃ?re
having a Ã?health eventÃ?...to possible new federal regulations that
to require passive booze detectors in all new cars, our vehicles
are getting their virtual hands on us toward the goal of safer
You know it will one day tell you your fattening ass is
killing its fuel economy and then the next car tech trend begins:
The road to self-driving cars goes through the
valley of semi-self driving cars.
Well equipped VolvoÃ?s and
Infinitis can already 70% self drive today in some conditions.
Cadillac will press the matter soon with something it calls Super
Cruise Control: Automated accelerator, brakes, steering, lane
maintenance and adaptive cruise.
Not much left for you to do
except remain liable if the whole system chokes.
LetÃ?s face it, dial gauges in the dash are about
as up to date as Lederhosen in the boardroom.
Jags and Land
Rovers were among the first mainstream cars with LCD
instruments, but out of most of our reach.
But when I stroll the
car shows and see the Chevy Spark EV and 2014 Caddy CTS
with gaugeless IP, the race is on to dial out the dials.
Connected apps were exotic literally just 12 months ago.
Now it actually causes doubting murmurs at car shows when a
new car is introduced without them.
Kia Soul, Ford Fiesta, Prius
C - thy names spell apps and not in rarified air.
Yes, one day voice command in cars will actually
Carmakers seem to know their systems are lame
compared to your phone and are making big strides.
And not just
because they love you, but also because they want to keep
federal distraction regulations are bay.
BMW iDrive 7.2 uses a
version of DragonDrive; Chevy and Honda are the first with an
Apple Siri button on the wheel.
All of this gets close to just plain
talking to the car, no stilted grammar.
The more natural the
convo, the lower the cognitive distraction.
I make this #1
because it makes almost everything else in the car better.
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