Trends in auto technology – how cars are becoming increasingly connected?

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The most recent trends in auto technology are focused on connected cars as well as on tech advances aimed at smoothing the overall driving experience. The most famous auto show in the US has revealed pioneering discoveries. Mercedes-Benz uncovered its fully autonomous concept car while Infiniti, Chevrolet, Hyundai and Volkswagen came up with sportier features for their newly developed prototypes. Several of the technologies presented will take years to materialize; others on the other hand, cannot wait to be included in today’s most advanced vehicles.

Smartphone integration
Touching your smartphone while driving can be extremely dangerous. In some countries, talking or on the phone texting while on the road is illegal. And yet there are ways to communicate remotely. Whether you like Apple’s Siri or you’d rather stick to a Bluetooth, these solutions are viable and safe. Many tech gurus believe this is not enough, and that people should be able to communicate when driving without touching their dashboards.
Jaguar Land Rover has recently introduced a tech app called justDrive. It has the capacity to turn services and apps from the driver’s smartphone into a voice activated experience. justDrive will search through all your apps and help you find whatever you’re searching for. justDrive is included in the car’s infotainment system, and it also performs trivial actions, such a texting or tweeting. All you have to do to make it work is ask.

Fully digitized dashboard
Traditional gauges that display temperature and speed will soon be forgotten. Audi has recently signed a deal with NVIDIA, a famous computer component maker. Together they’re currently working on a fully digitized dashboard which is meant to replace the driver’s instrument cluster. The display packs 12.3 inch; it will have top notch 3D graphics, outstanding clarity, and a special feature for people struggling to read key gauges, such are speedometer in various lighting conditions.

The processor that makes the dashboard run so smoothly is super fast. The data rendered is extremely precise, so the speedometer’s needles, navigation, and rev counter will be displayed with acute precision. Audi has also mentioned that this technology will be included in their 2016 Audi TT.

Travel guidance
It’s certain annoying to rent a car that you don’t know how to handle; particularly when you’re traveling. Familiarizing yourself with the vehicle’s navigation system can be even more challenging. This is where Hertz comes in. The app connects to any car’s navigation system through the NeverLost GPS system app; which allows drivers to plan trips, include stopping points, and more. The navigation begins as soon as you’ve started to drive the car. It also pairs with your phone via Bluetooth, thus managing to access contacts, receive/make calls, and even find you restaurants in the area. Additional features include: flight information, weather forecast, custom trip creation, and route information.

Driverless car technology
We’re already familiar with cars that can take us from point A to point B without a driver. But this is no longer a matter of if but a matter of when. Volvo has recently launched an interesting initiative, which they’re planning on proving by 2020. They want to manufacture a driverless Volvo that doesn’t kill or seriously injure people. The company really believes in the potential of the technology.  The initiative will be named “The Drive Me Project” and it will feature 100 self driving Volvos.

Current trends in the auto industry have managed to wow us. Some of the discoveries are truly pioneering; others have been revealed years ago and are now developed to perfection and ready to be used. Which of the advances we mentioned would you like to have incorporated in your personal car?
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