5 Possibilities for the Future of Cars

April 7th, 2015 by

When you watch a science fiction movie and see a scene of an imagined future’s transportation system, you can’t help but wonder when our world will start looking like that. There are endless possibilities and each day, we’re getting closer with our research in new technologies. Ron Sayer's Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership is here to share with you 5 possibilities of the future of driving.

1. Self-Driving Cars

Self-driving cars and self-parking cars already exist. The most famous self-driving car project may be the Google Self-Driving Car Project. However, there are still pools of issues that regulators and auto manufacturers need to work out, such as who takes responsibility when a driverless car gets into a car accident? Many auto manufacturers are already running tests and improving this technology. It’s quite possible that mass-produced self-driving cars are coming in near future.

2. Zero Emission Vehicles
We first started out with hybrid cars in the move towards clean and environmentally friendly vehicles. The technology has only improved since then. Car manufacturers are constantly improving fuel-efficiency in their vehicles and improving their hybrid engines. While hybrid powertrains are available for many vehicles, electric and hydrogen fuel cell cars, which produce zero-emissions, are slowly being rolled out by almost every major car brand. Although high costs of producing these vehicles, limited charging stations, and poor cold-weather performance are still issues, there are obtainable solutions to these obstacles.

3. Cars Communicating with the Driver
Who doesn’t want to have a cool touchscreen dashboard on the windshield analyzing your surroundings as you drive? Driver-assist systems that help you avoid collisions and give you warnings about your car’s status are the first steps to cars communicating with their drivers. More advanced technology that allows cars to communicate with their drivers, and give detailed information in real time, can help make driving safer in the future. Technology that lets the car analyze the driver and determines whether you’re in good condition to drive is also currently in development.

4. Cars Communicating with Each Other
A big improvement in car safety is forward collision warning systems that automatically apply brakes in order to avoid a collision. What if the car couldn’t apply the brakes fast enough or apply enough braking to fully stop the car? Imagine if your car was able to sense signals from other cars, including the speed at which you’re approaching and the direction they’re going. Many accidents can be avoided with this technology. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication is currently being tested by the University of Michigan and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

5. Cars Storing and Generating Its Own Energy
Energy-storing cars or cars that generate their own energy would also help make cars more eco-friendly. Current hybrid vehicles are weighed down by heavy batteries, but using a car’s body panels to store energy can make the battery lighter and the car more fuel-efficient. This technology can also shorten the charging time necessary for plug-in vehicles. Some car manufacturers are also looking into using solar panels on cars to capture energy.

The future of driving will undoubtedly change drastically as new technologies are being developed. Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM are always incorporating new technology in their newest vehicles – just compare the 2019 Jeep Cherokee to 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Visit Ron Sayer's Chrysler Jeep Dodge to check out the latest car technology, and learn how to reset your Uconnect system in Idaho Falls today!

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