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Upcoming Car Technologies

20 years ago, people would have never fathomed some of the incredible technologies cars are equipped with these days. From power windows to child safety locks, new technologies have brought cars a long way during that time. You’ve seen popular culture’s idea of futuristic cars, such as Knight Rider and Back To The Future, but never imagined you could one day drive one of these cars. While a floating car or a time traveling car may not be realistic, there are many other technologies coming to the automobiles that we drive. Here we will look at some of the newest and most important up and coming technologies that the world has to look forward to.

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Self-Driving Cars

You heard it right! Car manufacturers are working hard, and a self-driving car may very well be in the near future. The self-driving car would involve implementing GPS, sensors, and computer controls to create a driverless car. A team of car builders has shown that it is possible during a 2007 contest called the DARPA Urban Challenge. Science is getting closer and closer to producing a car that can drive by itself. Who knows what the future may hold!

Smart Technology

We’ve already seen many “smart” technologies developed in cars. GPS systems are probably one of the most common, with many drivers using these systems to help them get where they need to go. But that is not the end of it, as car companies are looking at ways to use smart technologies to gauge the alertness of a person. This theory aims to tell a sleepy driver to pull over, where the car would be disabled for a temporary amount of time. This same smart technology is being implemented for those who have been drinking.

Alternative Fuels

Hybrid cars are already here, but the electric cars still depend on gasoline to run. Renewable fuels are on their way and one day soon can replace even the electric car. In an effort to reduce the world’s dependence on fossil fuels, which can harm the environment, car manufacturers are looking into renewable fuels such as biodiesel and ethanol to replace fossil fuels. These types of fuel would also greatly improve gas mileage, along with having great benefits to the environment.

Collision Avoidance Systems

This will save you a lot of money on vehicle insurance. Seat belts, airbags, and other technologies are now all mandatory on cars, but the improvements do not stop there. Many of the most high-rated car companies have already began to use some form of crash avoidance systems, but there are still at least 37,000 fatalities related to car accidents in the United States each year. Crash avoidance systems help diminish the likelihood of a crash occurring.

Author Bio: This article was written by Trevor Stuart from CompleteInsurance – a website about vehicle insurance.

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  • Usman

    May 13, 2011, 11:38 pm

    Self driving car is an upcoming car technology. although i was watching a television commercial where a car was offering parking assistance facility but self driving car is a viable project

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  • Felicia @ No Deposit Poker

    May 19, 2011, 8:09 am

    Hi Bilal,
    The best things about the future of cars are alternative fuels and GPS systems. I hope we could get to witness the worldwide spread of these technological advancements in the next 10 years. Even if I would like to have a hybrid car, they are still very expensive for the average person like me, so I have no other choice but to settle to a traditional car.

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