Technology is an incredible tool. Quite like the famed Oracle of Delphi who would give the ancient Greeks a peek into their futures, developments in technology allow us to see what lies in store for us on the path ahead. Automobiles have, for ages, been a gauge of the progress made by mankind.
Right from the invention of the wheel to that of the steam engine, our history has seen revolutionary ideas been brought forth by the necessities of transport.
In the recent decades automobiles have seen a tremendous boost in technological advancements. From inessential issues of luxury and comfort they have moved to more vital issues of safety and sustainability. Hybrid engines that use hydrogen as fuel, semi-autonomous driving capabilities and machine learning that provides a personal touch are some of the myriad features present in the supercars of today. We take a look at some of the marvellous technologies that drive our cars in the current year of 2017.
Augmented reality is fast becoming an integral part of our daily lives. Unlike virtual reality that creates a completely simulated world; augmented reality selects specific elements from the real world and integrates them to provide an immersive experience for the viewers. This not only helps in enhancing the driving experience, it is also extremely useful for automobile engineers and mechanics, who are able to virtually dismantle the car and diagnose the fault without even touching their tool-kits.
Electrical systems in automobiles have been in the running for quite some time now. However, with the recent developments in technology, electrical superchargers as well as denser and more powerful batteries have come into the picture, for e.g. the 48V Delphi systems, which allow for longer distances to be covered on a single charge. Electrical power can now be generated within the vehicle itself using ‘Powertrain Pulses’ and other futuristic fuel cells which convert different forms of energy, as absorbed by the vehicle during its course of travel, into electrical impulses. This further allows for progressive electrical heating systems which provide optimally heated seating and steering capabilities to be implemented with relative ease.
Vehicle to Vehicle Transmission
Haven’t we all sat through movies such as ‘Cars’ and ‘Transformers’ wishing that our vehicles could somehow communicate with us as well as with each other? It certainly looks like there was someone out there paying heed to our wishes, for with the recently developed ‘Vehicle to Vehicle transmission’ technology, it is now possible for automobiles to interact with each other by sharing information such as on-road details and driving conditions. The technology could help intimate the driver of incoming obstacles or occurrences, thereby leading to a reduced chance of mishaps. With companies such as Google and Tesla making headways into the automobile industry, driverless cars have very much become a reality and the day isn’t far off when even ‘platooning’ will be a safe and viable affair.
Advancements in the automobile sector have led to the usage of technologies such as machine learning and cloud computing being used in the development of modern-day vehicles. The car is truly becoming a personal possession in today’s time and if technology keeps developing at such tremendous pace, even the long fantasized notion of owning flying cars will no longer remain a chimera.