Car Tech For 2017 – What Can We Expect?
Car Tech for 2017 – What Can We Expect?
The rate of change in car technology has increased in recent times. What seemed small scale just a few years ago is now gathering increased momentum. Take electric power for example; electric powered cars are becoming more popular, with demand rising in 2015 by 48%.
So what car tech can we look forward to in 2017?
Some cars already feature WiFi capabilities, but connectivity overall is likely to take further steps in 2017 and beyond. It’s tied in with the future of driverless cars. They will rely on their ability to ‘talk’ to other vehicles and the road infrastructure, generally to navigate their way round.
It’s also tied in with the huge growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) – basically the way in which objects can ‘talk’ and interact with each other.
More cars will be equipped with proper mobile device connectivity interfaces such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This means motorists can benefit from a wholly integrated system as opposed to using the car’s own infotainment platform without full integration with their mobile device.
Changing cars more frequently to benefit from new connective technology – of great interest to many – is made easier with modern funding options such as leasing to spread the financial load.
While hybrids help with the range limitations of electric power, we’re likely to see a raft of all-electric models with increased range being released in 2017 and beyond. This, coupled with the increase in charging infrastructure and wider availability of high speed chargers, could see electric power surge in growth even more than presently.
The new Renault Zoe and new Tesla S will both boast a range of nearly 250 miles. This is a significant leap from the average 150-180 miles of present top performers.
In the march towards self driving cars, driver assistance such as automatic braking when a frontal collision is expected and basic driver monitoring is already with us. But there’s more to come in the short term.
Ford has developed systems that concentrate on warning the driver more on what’s happening behind the car, such as people crossing behind when reversing. Warnings are passed to the driver and automatic braking can be performed if the driver doesn’t respond.
You could say self driving is about to officially arrive courtesy of innovative electric car maker Tesla. All its models will include the hardware for full self driving capability. But this won’t be activated so owners can’t go ‘self drive’ just yet.
Much testing and gradual roll-out will be required. But it’s a sobering thought that cars capable of fully driving themselves will be running around soon.
Sat nav detail
A common problem – especially for large lorries – is being directed along inappropriate roads when using sat nav. An initiative in partnership with the Ordnance Survey will enable fresh and detailed updates to be loaded onto sat navs and smartphone apps. Details such as road widths and weight restrictions should hopefully mean fewer stranded large lorries.
It will rely on big users such as Google and Apple to sign up for new updates to their platforms, but it certainly enhances sat nav effectiveness.
The idea that self driving tech will very soon be officially here is remarkable enough. Especially when one considers how fanciful the idea seemed just a few short years ago. With this in mind, 2017 looks like being another interesting year for car tech innovation.