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January 18, 2022

10 progressive car options that will become commonplace

Progress does not stand still - cars are becoming more advanced and technocratic every year. Think about it: just a couple of decades ago, we were sincerely happy with heated seats, electric windows, and a six-disc CD changer somewhere in the trunk. And today, even relatively budget cars have a touchscreen multimedia system and a heated steering wheel.

Having set out to answer the logical question: "What ultra-modern equipment can become the absolute norm in the very near future?", We recalled the most daring (and often controversial) decisions of leading automakers and collected them in this article.

Smart suspension that adapts to circumstances

Frankly, there are certain doubts about the appearance of such a system on most cars due to its high cost. However, in our rapidly changing world, it is probably extremely difficult to foresee something. It's like you rent a car Dubai monthly basis - pay right away and enjoy realizing the benefits from savings, high-quality rental service, and the car itself. Especially knowing that rental services make awesome offers on renting not only common models but luxury iron horses as well.

Today, only a select few and extremely expensive cars can boast of a smart hydropneumatic system capable of monitoring the road situation using lidars and changing the characteristics of shock absorbers on each wheel.

Built-in video recorder

You can argue, but we are absolutely sure: the days of the DVR as a separate accessory are numbered. More and more manufacturers are equipping their vehicles with built-in devices. And yes - it is really very convenient. 

Want a cool example? Connecticut police using Tesla products on patrol cars are saving $3,000 on each one. The fact is that Elon Musk's brainchildren are equipped with several external cameras by default.

Retractable door handles

On the one hand, they look extremely modern and fresh, along the way helping to slightly improve the aerodynamics of the car. On the other hand, the implementation of such a solution by some manufacturers leaves much to be desired. Like the Range Rover Velar, whose handles often get stuck in the cold.

However, it cannot be ruled out: one day the mechanism will be honed and sent to the masses.

Virtual mirrors

Perhaps the only selection option whose possible distribution does not cause delight (to put it mildly) are cameras that play the role of side mirrors. And Volkswagen’s concern lobbies them more actively than others.

Back in the early 2000s, the guys from Wolfsburg tested the system on a small-scale (circulation was only 250 copies) super-economical two-door Volkswagen XL1, and a couple of years ago they began to install a similar tool on the Audi e-tron electric crossover.

Head-up display with AR

Manufacturers began projecting speed readings onto the windshield of a car for a long time. Then some companies decided that it would be nice to supplement this basic information with navigation cues and fuel consumption data. However, electronics engineers from Mercedes-Benz went the farthest.

The new S-Class with the W223 index became the first car in the world to feature an augmented reality head-up display. The system is able to highlight the boundaries of the lane (or the entire road), warn of an approaching turn, suggest a safe distance to other vehicles, and much more.

Gesture control function

In the fall of 2015, entertainers from BMW presented a new "seven" with indices G11/G12. And along with it - innovative multimedia with gesture control: by shaking the air in the area of ??the center console, you can increase the volume of the audio system, change the track, and also accept or reject a phone call. It seems to be a pamper, but in fact, it is quite convenient.

A similar feature is already available on the third-generation "one". That and look will catch up with other firms. Waiting for the rest.

Fingerprint identification

Status cars from the past made it possible to remember the position of the steering wheel and seats by pressing a single button. However, today such an option seems to be a form of atavism.

For example, the notorious S-class already mentioned today can identify the driver by voice and fingerprint (just like a smartphone). It is worth attaching the finger to the special sensor on the steering wheel - the car will organize an optimal fit, turn on your favorite radio station and adjust the climate control in accordance with your preferences.

Fully automatic valet parking

Do you remember the popular TV series "Knight Rider" in the 80s? The ability of a black coupe, nicknamed KITT, to come to the owner at the first press of a button was something of a fantasy. And today, such tricks are almost commonplace.

We are talking about automated unmanned parking lots Automated Valet Parking and cars trained in the fourth level of autonomy. These already exist. And soon their population will begin to grow exponentially.

Frontal airbags for rear passengers

The driver's airbag debuted on the Oldsmobile Toronado in 1973. The first European car with two frontal airbags was the S-class in the back of the W126 model of 1980. In the mid-nineties, Volvo wowed the world with side swells on the 850. And 1998 brought safety curtains (a range of Toyota models) and an airbag for knees (Kia Sportage) to the industry.

Why are the front airbags for the rear passengers delayed for decades? Unanswered question. By the way, the Mercedes-Benz S-class in the back of the W223 was again a bold innovator. Let's see if the idea takes root.

Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology

Finally, the technology of communication of cars with road infrastructure and each other via mobile telephony. In recent years, almost all leading car manufacturers, as well as component suppliers like Huawei (News - Alert) or Bosch, have been actively working on the implementation of such a system.

How does it work? For example, a car, broken down or caught in an accident, signals danger to approaching vehicles, whose auxiliary electronics warn the driver of danger or even automatically occupy a free lane. Similarly, cars can tell each other about idle traffic lights, holes, and other surprises. It’s a cool thing, right?

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