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Although we’re not quite in the era of fully autonomous cars, today’s technology is inching closer to that milestone. In 2014’s fresh crop, you’ll find smarter, safer, and increasingly well-connected cars to choose from. Efficiency-boosting and life-saving technology that used to be associated only with higher end luxury cars is now available for the masses, at a fraction of the price it would have gone for only a couple of years ago. Video cameras, radar, and high tech sensors are all easier to put into today’s vehicles, bringing them squarely into the mainstream for 2014. The following are a few of the advances that we can expect to see next year.
Collision Detection and Automatic Brake Assist
For years, automakers have been striving to produce cars that are able to anticipate and react to collisions in a way that minimises damage. If you look at this Mazda CX7 Motoring review from 2009 or any other review from this era you’ll see features like emergency brake assist and adaptive cruise control mentioned. However, in 2014 these features will be taken to the next level. New cars coming out will have a more sophisticated interaction between their radar and camera systems, alerting you of potential crashes and stopping the vehicle in some cases. The most advanced systems will slow the car down if pedestrians, animals, or other objects are detected. Collision warning systems and automatic braking are now offered by a range of brands, from Infiniti to Toyota.
There’s a strong interest in improving the fuel economy of all vehicles on the road, particularly to compete with the glut of hybrids now available. It’s estimated that by 2025 all new cars will average over 50 mpg, and many of next year’s crop of cars will feature a stop-start device to help facilitate this goal. This allows the car to automatically shut off at a stop light, and then restart again when the brake is released. Although most hybrids already feature stop-start technology, you can expect to see it offered in a wider range of conventional vehicles in 2014.
Lane Monitoring Devices
Similar to collision detection systems, many cars will also now feature the ability to automatically stay in the centre of a lane. This is a growth of a technology already seen in many trucks and larger vehicles. For example, if you compare best SUVs at Motoring you’ll find that many of these come equipped with a lane-keeping system. These alert the driver if the car is sensed to be drifting out of the lane. However, in 2014 this will be taken a step further, with the car automatically making adjustments to stay centred.
Many newer models now already come equipped with efficient LED lighting as part of their standard package. Lighting technology is becoming increasingly advanced, because LED lights can provide a higher degree of brightness using less energy and space. New models in 2014 will feature responsive lighting, which swivel in the direction the car is turning to provide more focused illumination. Some will also automatically dim when sensing oncoming traffic.
These are just a few examples of the technological trends that we can expect to see in 2014’s vehicles. In addition, expect to see increased connectivity within the car, with the ability to synch your smartphone and computer devices more easily. Driving a new car will be an increasingly safe, efficient, and well-connected experience.
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