Take a look at ………the future cars
A technological tsunami has been upturning the automotive industry over the last decade. Traditional patterns have been exploding as the digital revolution leads to reinventing all the hardware and software architecture on vehicles. It may well be that in a few years’ time; a car will look nothing like it does today.
China who is the leading nation in technologies, said as at 2014 they have about 120,000 electric cars on the road of china and aiming to have up to 5 Million electric powered cars plighting the road of china by the year 2020.
Vehicles in the near future, will be fuel efficient, zero emission, and use high tech electronics and software to assist drivers in a variety of ways. Vehicles will communicate with each other, with the road and with traffic signals. Autos and trucks of the future will use vision enhancement devices to help you navigate through bad weather, let you see around them, or warn you of a possible collision with a pedestrian or animal. They will also let you know if you are getting drowsy or straying from your lane.
In the opinion of Pascal Brier, Altran Group Executive Vice-President and responsible for innovation, the automotive industry is experiencing the biggest upheaval in its history. The automotive cars have been broadly categorized into four groups which are; electric, autonomous, connected, and with a completely new architecture.
The electric cars
When electric cars were first introduced, experts predicted a specific use for example, for public transport. Beating the predictions, electric cars are slowly becoming as a must-have in all the markets segments.
This trend has been greatly reinforced by environmental obligations to reduce particle and greenhouse gas emissions. In the years ahead, increasingly powerful hybrid or electric engines will gradually replace the traditional internal combustion engine.
The autonomous cars
According to Pascal Brier, engineers are working to replace human eyes with a multitude of cameras, sensors and lasers that will reproduce the environment in 3D and allow the vehicle to make navigation decisions alone. Popularized by Google and its famous Google car, most manufacturers have begun looking at autonomy and are currently in the phase of conducting major tests on the roads and this next step is taking future cars to 100% autonomy.
Tomorrow, cars will be able to do without their drivers. “This development will be in stages: we start without feet and then do without hands and eventually without eyes,” says Pascal Brier. Cruise control has existed for several years: drivers can set a cruising speed and remove their feet from the pedals. And some cars now offer driver assistance systems that make it possible to remove the hands from the wheel in specific situations such as in traffic jams, or when parking, etc.
The connected car
The car of the future will be fully connected with objects… and humans!
In fact, in order to be autonomous and make the right decisions, cars must be able to exchange a variety of information with the outside world: traffic, weather, vehicle condition, service stations, accidents, etc. Eventually, through various sensors, it will be able to communicate with other vehicles but also with the infrastructure (roads, buildings, etc.). In addition, numerous online services will be available to passengers: Wi-Fi, cloud, media, entertainment, etc.
In Pascal Brier’s opinion, this involves a total paradigm shift, “cars are becoming a separate place for service consumption,” he says. Just imagine: a several hour trip will become an opportunity to answer your emails, watch the latest film released in cinemas or skype a friend on the other side of the planet. You can imagine how the roads of the future will look like as technology is really gaining fast in the automotive industries.
A new method of manufacturing
The last major change concerns the industry itself. Tomorrow’s factories will be nothing like they are today. The entire car’s hardware and software architecture is in the process of being redesigned.
On one hand, the body is slowly changing to incorporate new technologies – such as lightweight composite and 3D printing materials. And on the other hand, to ensure the connectivity and range of the vehicle, numerous smart devices will have to be connected and integrated- including computers, cameras, infotainment centers, etc.
To conclude, the car of the future, built according to a new model, will be electric, autonomous and connected. It will bring a number of benefits to society: less pollution, more safety, more free time and services. And at the end of it all? A paradigm revolution: cars will perhaps offer less pleasure driving on the open road but will offer real transport, safety and connectivity services.