By 2040 it is predicted that half of all cars will be hybrids, a car with a gasoline engine and an electric motor. While hybrids consume less fuel and emit less CO2 than conventional cars, the downside is that the batteries take up a lot of space and are heavy. Nine auto manufacturers in Europe are looking to address this issue with the development of energy-storing body panels. These body panels are more energy efficient and charge sooner than typical batteries today.
Toyota is not only researching lightweight energy storing panels, but body panels that capture solar energy and store it in a lightweight panel. In addition to energy-storing body panels, various car manufacturers, along with the government, are working to develop technology from car-to-car communication, self-driving cars, object and animal detection, and airbags to stop cars. These advancements are designed to enhance our driving capabilities and significantly reduce car accidents.
An innovative technology, Vehicle-to-Vehicle communication, or V2V, is being tested by Ford. This new technology allows cars to send wireless signals to one another about their direction, location, and speed. This advancement also allows cars to brake automatically.
This technology is expected to reduce the number of accidents on the road by almost 80 percent.
Researchers and developers are taking V2V one step further, with Vehicle-to-Infrastructure communication, or V2I, testing. Vehicles would be able to request information from a traffic management system, learn the best possible routes, and interact with road signs and traffic signals to send information to the car regarding safety issues.
GM has started testing out self-driving cars. Google engineers in California and Nevada have also tested self-driving cars on more than 200,000 public highways and roads. Using radars, lasers, and cameras, these cars can record images on the road, view road signs with computerized maps, find alternative routes, and view traffic lights well in advance before the human eye can detect these images.
Another interesting feature is platooning, or driving in close proximity to other cars acting as a unit. Platooning can offer a significant increase in fuel efficiency.
Self-driving cars are expected to eliminate human error when driving, thereby reducing 95 percent of today’s accidents.
Augmented Reality Dashboards and Animal Detection
BMW has started developing augmented reality dashboards (AR), with the ability to identify objects in front of the vehicle and indicate the distance away from the object. Toyota has extended the AR feature to passengers, allowing passengers to zoom in on objects outside of the vehicle, as well as indicate the distance away from the object using a touch-screen window.
Volvo, Audi, Ford, and Mercedes-Benz are adding animal detection systems via radars and infrared cameras to its vehicles for car safety.
With these capabilities, drivers can prevent collisions, with arrows indicating to drivers how to navigate into another lane if they approach an object too quickly, and automatically apply brakes if the car detects animals.
Mercedes-Benz has been working on airbags that stop cars before they crash for several years. The airbag would inflate underneath the car and elevate the vehicle by eight centimeters when sensors discern an unavoidable collision.
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