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New Car Technology Makes Vehicles Smarter, Safer, and Cooler

New Car Technology Makes Vehicles Smarter, Safer, and Cooler

Most people think of a couple of things when they’re looking for a new car, but usually those things don’t’ extend beyond gas mileage, fuel type, seating room, and horsepower. In fact, many people don’t even consider any of the ‘extra’s’ when actually deciding which car to buy. Despite this, car technology is one of the hottest and fastest growing tech fields on the market today, and is really doing some amazing things! In fact, a team calling themselves AutoXLR8R (Auto Accelerator), based in Tennessee, have employed some of the countries best and brightest minds to work on new car tech.

Auto Braking

Most people know that many new vehicles have auto-warning systems to alert drivers as to when they are getting too close to an object. These annoying beeps are a very simple system that uses a low-cost camera, but have reduced accidents in equipped cars by  7%. Newer vehicles from Mercedes actually have auto-braking systems that begin to slow and stop the vehicle when it is too close to an object. That means that on the road, the car can be slowed enough to greatly reduce damage caused before impact. While not a perfect system, it lowers the 7% reduced accidents to 14%, and is expected to reduce casualties as well.

Computer Imaging

new car technologyComputer Imaging might sound like a strange technology for vehicles, but with the recent attention given to self-driving vehicles like the Google Car, most might be surprised at just how useful it would be. Vehicle company Orzata (funded by AutoXLR8R) have developed computer imaging technology that could be used to upgrade vehicles to read stop lights and street cameras, which would allow them to intuitively stop at crossroads and intersections.

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One of the biggest barriers to fuel efficiency is actually weight. Companies like Graphenics are now working on incorporating one of the world’s strongest and lightest materials, Graphene, into automobiles. As Graphene is also an incredibly good heat conductor, it does have somewhat limited use around hot engines, but it could be used to greatly reduce the weight of vehicles while improving their durability.

Electric Friendly

new car technologyGas cars are estimated to cost about three times more per mile than electric vehicles, but we keep using them. Why? Because electric cars are not convenient for anyone who drives frequently, doesn’t like to stop and charge, or who doesn’t live in an e-car friendly city. New technologies are rising to combat this error so that the future might see more satisfied electric car owners. Technologies ranging from Smart Roads by Dutch Studio Roosegaarde that allow cars to charge conductively while driving, to new charging stations from Greed Dot Technologies in California that charge an electric car at less than half the speed of standard charging are both making a splash. Both technologies combat the basic hardship of electric car owners, which is charging.

Smart Driving

Many vehicle companies are already incorporating smart driving into their vehicles. Many items such as lane centering come as expensive extras (For charges $1,200 for their system) but do incorporate some very cool technology into the vehicle. For example, lane centering actually nudges the vehicle to stay in the center of the driving lane which is safer and better for travel. Other tech like stop-start devices help to reduce fuel usage while the car stops and starts (which improves mileage in city traffic), and technologies like smart or intuitive headlights help to improve vision so that drivers can see pedestrians and stalled cars more quickly and therefore respond better.Most importantly, many of these technologies are being developed by companies that are used to train and teach. AutoXLR8R is an accelerator company which is similar to an incubator in that it helps small companies get off the ground.

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Today, 5% of new cars coming out are ‘high tech’. That’s a 100% raise from just two years ago! Technology in vehicles is expected to grow by as much as 40% within the next two years, meaning that by 2016, you could be buying the cars of the future.

Most importantly, it’s not the only source of new auto technology. Big and small companies around the globe are working on newer, cooler, and better car technology that will soon be making choosing a vehicle more about choosing features and less about looking for gas mileage rates.

No, flying cars aren’t here quite yet, but today’s cars are safer, smarter, and cooler than ever before.

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