Mobile tech comes in a wide variety of different flavors. First, you have what most people think of when they hear the words “mobile tech,” such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. This, however, is only the tip of the iceberg. Wearables, augmented-reality glasses, virtual-reality headgear…these are also perfect examples of using technology while on the go.
Automobile tech also falls into this category, given that you are usually on the go when you are inside your vehicle, as well as the fact that many popular mobile devices and apps can be used in tandem with it. Check out some of these statistics, which should drive home just how important the automobile is for the average American:
- In 2010, the world’s vehicle population surpassed the one billion mark
- America’s vehicle population, currently pushing 250 million, is the largest of any country
- The vehicle-to-person ratio in this country, currently at around one vehicle for every 1.3 people, is also the largest in the world.
Now that we have established that the automobile is one of the most used consumer products around, let’s take a look at some of the coolest innovations coming down the pike to ever hit this family of tech devices.
The first is a system currently being developed by Mercedes Benz, and is designed to learn all of your habits, preferred driving routes and schedules. The goal behind this is a predictive system that can automate many of your normal tasks. Like to have the Disney channel on while the kids are in the car, then NPR after they leave? No problem! This system is expected to be able to learn what you like for when you like it.
Accidents, impaired divers and even dire medical occurrences, like a heart attack, can all negatively impact drivers to varying degrees. In answer to this, several big-name auto companies are developing both hardware and software designed to cut down, or even eliminate, these precarious situations.
For example, Nissan is currently developing a gear knob that will detect how much alcohol is present in you bloodstream. Audi, on the other hand, is developing a camera system that will detect head position, to ensure proper attention is being paid to the road. It will then sound an alarm, or even slow down the vehicle itself, if unsafe conditions are detected.
Auto tech is quickly developing into one of the most exciting types of tech coming down the pike in recent memory. Do you have an idea for cool auto tech that you would like to see developed? Let us know in the Comments section below!