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Life Changes by Car and Technologies

20.08.2012 Life Changes by Car and Technologies

Do you want to learn anything incredible? – You’re welcome. Automakers are introducing mind-boggling technology that will see cars parking and driving themselves. Nowadays more and more innovations are digital. What will we see on the streets in a few years?

Cars parking themselves. There’s the technology mainstream with its "active park assist”. Electronic sensors scan for suitable spaces, then handles the steering to back the car in without risk of a fender bender. The driver simply works the gas and brake pedals and shifts the transmission from reverse to drive to pull forward when the system gives the signal that the car is aligned properly.

All new cars will come equipped with radar, cameras and other sensors to detect and avoid imminent crashes. The systems recognize when vehicles ahead come to a sudden stop and apply the brakes if the car's driver fails to react in time. Future versions will take over accelerating and braking in stop-and-go traffic on congested highways. Vehicle infotainment systems will suggest alternative routes to avoid traffic snarls and alert drivers to available parking spaces at their destinations.

Ford is even working on "biometric stress detectors" to measure a driver's vital signs. They'll determine whether a driver is too preoccupied with challenging road conditions to listen to a text or make a phone call, and accordingly allow or block such electronic distractions. It’s a bit frightened.

Sometime during the next decade, look for cars to drive themselves. It sounds far-fetched, but automakers are proving they can pull it off. The next wave of in-car Internet technology will also go a long way toward addressing concerns about drivers' loss of attentiveness in their cars. Wi-Fi will enable future cars to communicate with one another, signaling their locations, speeds and projected paths.

As more and more cars are connected to the Internet along with having the capability to signal their location and destination, marketers will gain a whole new way of reaching drivers with highly customized ads – say a coupon for the doughnut shop you'll be passing in five minutes during morning commute.

Self-driving autos taking full advantage of car-to-car communications and electronic controls will trim travel times for road warriors of all sorts – commuters, truckers, delivery drivers, etc. The combination of autonomous cars and wireless traffic management systems will route traffic more efficiently through congested urban areas, bottlenecks, improving fuel efficiency. There'll be less need to widen many roads.

The integration of self-driving cars and wireless traffic control systems promises dramatic increases in road safety, slashing the number of crashes and fatalities by up to 75% and spelling lower auto insurance premiums and fewer auto body repairs. Moreover, safety overrides may keep them on the road longer.

Of course, there'll be some downsides and obstacles to negotiate. For one thing, be prepared to give up even more privacy. Onboard computers will let the world know where you are every second of the way. Liability is another issue. On the whole, the technology's positives will far outweigh the negatives.

According to Kiplinger.com & YAHOO! Autos