- New car buyers are embracing safety features
- Passengers set for whole new interactive experience
- Developing technologies include 3D hand-gesture recognition
It sounds like something from a sci-fi movie but we’re already well on the way to seeing more of these technologies on our roads. The number of car buyers embracing existing semi-autonomous systems like collision-warning and emergency breaking is soaring. Recent figures reveal up to 50% of new sales include some variation of these safety features.
Driverless vehicles are a reality
Driverless vehicles are already a reality in industries such as mining and farming while testing on public roads has taken place in several countries.
The cars of the near future are set to include even more features currently being explored by manufacturers; motorway and traffic jam driving assistance, automatic speed adjustment, even wearable devices to check heart-rate.
In a move straight out of Tom Cruise’s Minority Report, in 2015 Hyundai Motor showcased a state-of-the-art 3D hand-gesture recognition concept. Future models could see drivers selecting navigation, infotainment, audio, temperature settings, and even smartphone controls through recognised hand actions. Infrared and camera sensors provide the driver with controls while allowing them to keep their eyes safely on the road.
We’re already seeing how ADAS technologies are changing how we travel. Other areas in further development include connected cars, voice recognition and smartphone apps. Internet access allows your car to share information such as map directions with your smartphone, tablet and even wearable devices both inside and outside the vehicle.
ADAS and autonomous systems
As the automotive industry grapples with the consequences of the full leap towards driverless cars, with the development of more ADAS and autonomous systems, car buyers are showing a willingness to put their trust in the technology, especially if it means we’re safer on our roads.