The New Era of Automotive with Technology
You know that a car needs some tires, steering wheel, gas pedals, and brake pedals to drive and you’ll be good to go. That might have been the case in the 20th century, but today most consumers expect more in cars. From the entertainment system, to safety features like lane watching assistance, consumers are wanting more from their vehicles which technology is able to provide.
Augmented Reality Dashboard
Internet of Things (IoT):
The internet of things, most commonly referred to IOT, refers to a system of interrelated internet-connected objects that are able to collect and transfer data over a wireless network without human intervention. Common IOT devices today are those like nest thermostats, apple watch, and connected home lights.
- Usage Based Insurance (UBI): Usage Based Insurance uses IOT to monitor vehicle use which more accurately assesses risk. Factors that can be monitored include miles driven, driver behavior, and vehicle type. Insurance companies can adjust prices based on how someone drives.
- Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs): ELD’s connects to a trucks engine and records when the truck is in motion. This small device allows the driver to log in and track when they are online and driving or when they are off duty. This can be used to communicate with the company for the drivers of their miles and driving hours for payment and safety purposes. This device can also provide data in a format that’s standardized be transmitted to law enforcement.
Run Flat Technology
One of the most comprehensive technological innovations of the modern tire era is run-flat tire technology. Run-flat technology allows drivers who sustain air loss due to a puncture or cut in their tire to drive approximately 50 miles at 50 m.p.h. so they can reach a safe location to change the tire.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS): The TPMS is located in the tires and alerts you as soon as one of your tires loses pressure. This technology measures your tire pressure levels and lets you know when you need more air. This is another example of how a IOT device provides safety in a vehicle.
Although we don’t have mainstream flying cars yet, technology has paved the way for self driving cars. Most self-driving systems are still in development while others like Tesla’s is already on the road continually updating and evolving. Autonomous driving is possible by sensors and cameras that create and maintain an internal map of their surroundings to see objects around the vehicle to make movements.
These sensors then analyze the speed, direction, braking, and steering wheel to adjust the car as it drives. Although not perfect yet, autonomous driving is changing the way we drive and is all possible with the continuous research and evolution of technology.