Generations have passed since cars were used to travel from point A to point B. In the modern world, automakers are spicing things up in this sector with the help of technology. Cars in today’s world have more technology integrated than many homes. They have become more than a means of transport, integral to people’s lifestyles. Automakers are blending auto and tech, not only to achieve amazing feats but also to make a lot of daily tasks simple.Cars are sophisticated equipment and can principally be divided into a few major aspects: Exterior, Interior, engine, driving capability, and comfort features. Automotive Technology has slowly crept into all these aspects over the past few years and then some. Here are a few major examples.
Car seats used to be a little more than foam covered benches in the older days. They can now relax you via heating, cooling, massaging, and adjust to a multiple numbers of position configuration options just at the touch of a button.
Car doors used to be there just to close off the cabin and keep it safe. Now they can be locked, unlocked, opened in different ways (scissor doors and whatnot).
Car engines used to be basic three or four-cylinder set-ups, which now have become automatic, terrain-based, hybrid, electric powered, and more, all thanks to the blend of auto and tech.
Now let’s see some of the best automotive technologies in 2020
Wireless Apple car play and Android auto
As iOS and Android continue to outdo each other in every possible field, they have also come up with some of the best software options for car infotainment systems. Both Apple car play and Android auto have now become wireless, with many automakers offering them in mass production of their versions of cars and trucks. Wireless Apple car play and Android auto make life easier by untethering your phone, and still being able to obtain low latency connections with the cars’ displays. Add Wifi to the mix, and you can use your phone on display screen without touching your device, and manage everything from music and navigation to notifications on the go.
Head up displays
A display showing most of the necessary information already showing on your speedometer may sound unnecessary at first, but it does come in handy. While driving in tough situations, it becomes beneficial, as it doesn’t let you take your eyes off the road even for a second. What these things do, is they simply reflect all critical information on the car’s windshield, all thanks to the modern automotive technologies. Now the real technological advancement lies in making these displays bright enough to withstand fog and rain droplets and to make more information available in the head up displays. Companies have come up with advanced solutions to make them more interactive, configurable, and information rich than ever in 2020. Many of these systems can now incorporate turn-by-turn navigation, making missing turns because you had to look at the display, a thing of the past.
Advanced infotainment systems
Long gone are the days when all a car’s centre console had to offer was AM or FM radio with crackling sound. Infotainment systems in 2020 are full-on computing units that utilise more automotive technologies than ever. Take Tesla, for example, their Model Y features a screen as large as the laptop you might see around you. Their infotainment system is your answer if you are looking for an all in one solution for handling everything about your car from opening and closing the doors to watching movies in high resolution. The car doesn’t have buttons like most other cars, and Tesla has managed to incorporate a digital solution for every function one might need in their routine, by blending auto and tech. The screen can let you browse the internet, track the car’s vitals, manage music, manage doors and the boot lid, and what not. For 2020, it’s not just Tesla, its Cadillac, Rolls Royce, BMW, and many other mainstream carmakers that are making infotainment technology smarter than ever.
Electric Propulsion is not limited to road cars that haul families, with newer entrants like Porsche Taycan and Audi e-Tron, things have changed a lot. Shift to electric cars already started in 2019, and now, performance car enthusiasts are being lured to EVs that are competing not in milage, but in 0-60 times. The Taycan offers a 751 bhp powertrain, enough to put many ICE cars to shame when it comes to performance. Mercedes have earned their spot in the list with the EQC, which masters EV complexities to churn out 402 bhp, and a plethora of driving modes. Audi E-tron has been around since 2018, but the 2020 model offers more in terms of technological prowess than ever.
Autonomous driving systems
Yes, technology has advanced to that level. Cars that possess such technology are currently under testing in real world conditions. Such cars basically have software inbuilt in them, that can control steering, acceleration, braking, and speed. They rely on intelligent computer systems to achieve various levels of handling capability from driver assistance to fully automated driving. The software manages the vehicles based on surroundings, which are mapped by Lidars, cameras, and sensors all around the vehicles, which record and process realtime data to maneuver them.All in all, 2020 has been a rather wonderful year in terms of advancements in technology. Automakers have not only built upon existing technologies but also have come up with new features and technologies for smart cars. From laser sensors to adaptive seats, automakers are blending more technologies to make vehicles smarter, advanced, convenient, comfortable, and most importantly, safer.