Whether you are a car enthusiast or you are just looking to buy a new car, it is hard to ignore all the technological advances that have been made in the industry. If you are like most people, you can probably remember when car phones were a big deal. A decade or so after that, Wi-Fi enabled vehicles were made available to the public. These technological advances have not only made life easier for everyone, but they have made driving safer as well. Just look at how Uber has taken over the transportation sector and transformed it. So, what technologies should you be on the lookout for in the coming years and how are they going to change the world? Below is exactly what you are going to learn.
3D Printing Providing Safety and Saving Money
It is no big secret that 3D printing has been making a big splash all around the world. Well, you might be surprised to learn that it is even impacting the automotive industry. In fact, 3D printing has already begun appearing in basic car construction and there are name brand manufacturers that are taking advantage of this technology. Cars as of right now are designed to survive three to four different crashes, before they have to be scrapped and sold for parts. However, 3D technology could allow carmakers to build a car on a solid chassis that will only survive only crash. How is the benefit?
Well, the basic skeleton of the car would virtually go untouched, which would not only enhance the safety of the vehicle during a crash, but it could potentially make them more cost effective. And, it would change the accident repair industry for good.
Autonomous Vehicles Driving Themselves
Autonomous features have been appearing in new cars for a while now. And in the following years, you are going to see more and more of these features. Self-parking and adaptive cruise control will be features that will be available from almost every major manufacturer that you can think of. While completely driverless cars haven’t hit the market yet, it is easy to see that’s where the industry is headed in the near future. Autonomous vehicles are a top auto tech trend this year, and will soon populate the road in greater numbers.
Ever since the invention of the automobile, they have utilized petroleum-based products as fuel. It really won’t be too much longer before that is a thing of the past. For years now, there have been talks about electric cars and we have already seen some manufacturers introduce some on the market. There is probably even a good chance that you have seen several charging stations at local restaurants and big box stores. It really was the breakthrough in the battery technology that helped car developers bring this idea to fruition. If you remember when talks first started of the electric car, these vehicles weren’t really feasible, because they couldn’t get sufficient mileage per charge.
Fortunately, that isn’t the case anymore. With the introduction of new battery technology, these vehicles can now get 200 to 210 miles per charge, which is outstanding compared to what the industry started out at.