Fasten your seat belts, you’re in for quite a ride when it comes to the future of automotive technology
The cars that we are used to seeing in movies are no longer things of science fiction and in the next 30 years, we are likely to see more change in automotive technology than we’ve seen in the last 100 years.
Did you know that by 2020, we will be able to control our cars with a simple wave of the hand? The next big tech development likely to invade cars will require only a few simple gestures to control.
From turning on the radio, opening the windows and turning off the engine, hand gestures will be a common way for us to control our car’s functions.
In the same year it’s also expected that you’ll be able to unlock and even start your car without anything more than just your fingerprint. Finally, the struggle to find your car keys on a Monday morning will be a thing of the past!
Light detection and ranging systems will allow your car to ‘see’ the world around it in real time by 2021. This will mean that your car will sense surrounding objects and other cars on the road to extend the driver’s perception of what’s nearby.
Are you sick of sitting in traffic jams on your commute to work and wasting valuable time? By 2026, a car’s cabin will be configured to change depending on the driving mode — relax, watch a film or catch up on your emails. Volvo predicts that drivers can gain 26 minutes of free time per commute by switching to a self-driving car.
Fast forward to 2027 and you won’t be visiting your local garage for new car tyres, you’ll be fitting your car with 3D-printed tyres. Not only do they never go flat, but they also don’t need replacing!
By 2050 the exterior paint of your car will incorporate millions of nano-sized cameras linked to a display inside the vehicle. As a result, you’ll be able to see through the body panels as if they were invisible (which means no blind spots), while also zooming in on distant traffic signs.
Using our interactive future of automotive technology infographic, you can enter your age and find at how old you’ll be when you’ll be driving a self-driving car, using 3D-printed tyres and be able to see straight through your car’s body panels (yep, it’s true!)
What automotive technology will you be using in your lifetime? Find out using our new interactive graphic here.