Mainstream car makers are racing to come up with new innovations which define the future of driving – and the next ten years will be especially exciting. Here are some of the concepts which are more than likely to make it onto everyday cars by 2025:
Augmented reality dashboards
BMW is trialling this technology already, which beams a Google Glass-style display onto the windscreen so that you don’t have to look away from the road to check your speed, fuel level, RPM and so on. It could also highlight, for example, potential hazards, and even suggest the best course of action to avoid them.
Hydrogen cars will hit the mainstream
Cars which use hydrogen fuel cells rather than petrol engines are already in mass production. The benefits are huge – instead of pumping out environment-battering fumes, the only waste product is water. Right now, hydrogen cars are expensive – but as with all new technologies, the price will drop as time goes on and more drivers take the plunge.
Your car will know where to park before you do
More and more of our day-to-day appliances are connecting to the Internet of Things. This means that within a few years, your fridge could restock itself, your heating could know when you’re en route home and – coolest of all – your car could have its own web connection. The possibilities are endless, from advance warning of adverse conditions to live updates on congestion and parking spaces.
This is the big one, the game-changer. And far from being an imaginary technology confined to the sci-fi world, the reality of driverless cars is closer than you’d think. It’s no secret that Google have been developing their own project for years (with Apple hotly tipped to follow), while a British engineering firm is already testing electric-powered pods which use 22 sensors, including cameras, LiDAR and radar, to detect what’s happening on the road around it.