New Car Technologies to Look Forward to

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We love cars and as newer models are introduced by manufacturers, we can also expect new technologies to arrive. Here are car technologies that we may see in the future.

Child Navigation System
The time may come when you no longer need to answer your kid if you are there yet as they may be able to answer their own question. Volkswagen’s child navigation system is a rear DVD screen that has a simple image of the route and descriptions of views along the route. Children will see how far or how near they are as they can see the distance decreasing. There’s a cartoon character that plays games and asks kids to do in-seat exercises. This cartoon character also goes to sleep when the children are sleeping.

Traffic Management
Nobody likes to be stuck in traffic. Efforts are being undertaken in various countries to manage traffic problems. In Germany, the government is backing an auto industry idea called ACTIV that is designed to use technology for managing traffic and achieving automatic guidance. The engineers of Volkswagen provided a study that teaches how to solve traffic issues by having vehicles accelerate at precisely the right time. In other words, drivers would accelerate and allow the other drivers in. Instead of allowing the cars to slow down, a vehicle beside the closed lane would be told to accelerate just before reaching the traffic snarl.

Doing this would create a space behind the car for the vehicle in the blocked lane without stopping and trying to find space at the last minute. Everything that happens on the road will be recorded and analysed using a traffic management system that consists of computers and cameras. It would tell the cars when to go and stop. Another effective system is assuming semi-autonomous control of the cars approaching the traffic snarl. This could be done through interactive communication to local traffic management systems and sophisticated adaptive cruise control. Without a completely automated highway, however, solving traffic problems at the site of an accident will be very hard.

Blocking the Rays
Drivers have tried to block the sun by taping pieces of opaque paper to the bottom of the sun visor. This is because sun visors don’t really provide the right coverage if you are travelling west in the evening and east in the morning. An electronic anti-glare system that uses an electronic matrix in the computer-controlled glass to block the sun rays is being developed by Volkswagen. A sensor that identifies the driver’s eye position and a sun status sensor sends signals to the computer that computes the point of sunlight entry in the viewing position of the driver’s eyes. A dark spot is produced by the computer in the glass electronic matrix to block the rays at that location. When the vehicle changes direction, the dark spot also moves across the windshield. This technology is not yet compatible with all glass but once it happens, it could be a significant improvement over the traditional sun visor.

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