Have you ever wondered what automobiles will be like in the year 2020 and beyond? Though we probably won’t have flying cars like those in the Jetsons or those seen in the top driver movies of all time any time soon, automobiles will certainly change in some truly amazing ways in the next couple years. Here’s a look at what vehicles will be like in the year 2020.
The Cars of 2020 Will Predict Upcoming Events
Tomorrow’s vehicles won’t tell you which stocks will go up and down yet they will be able to predict events on the road. The vehicles of 2020 will be equipped with all sorts of cameras and sensors that detect people, vehicles and even animals on the road. More importantly, they will can stop, slowing or even moving out of the way to prevent collisions with such objects. Consider the night vision systems Mercedes and BMW engineers are perfecting. It identifies infrared light and even boosts the vehicle’s light to help the driver see wayward individuals and objects. Though these features are currently available on the pricey automakers’ top end vehicles, they will likely be standard on all new vehicles sold in 2020 and beyond.
Cruising with Ease
Adaptive cruise control is available on some of today’s vehicles. It will be ubiquitous by the time 2020 rolls around. This technology makes use of radar to keep the vehicle at a safe distance from other automobiles when cruising along the highway. This way, there is no need to constantly hit the brakes and reset the cruising speed when approaching another vehicle. This technology will likely be improved to the point that it even functions at low speeds to prevent collisions in everyday stop-and-go traffic.
The Electrification of Vehicles
Automakers will embrace the electrification of vehicles to dramatically improve fuel efficiency. It won’t be long until many automobiles feature regenerative brakes that recharge the on-board battery whenever the driver presses the brake pedal. Vehicles will also feature stop/start technology to boost fuel efficiency by upwards of 10 percent. This technology turns off the vehicle’s engine when it comes to a halt at a red light or when in heavy traffic. The engine is then restarted once the driver takes his foot away from the brake pedal.
Vehicles That Communicate With One Another
Can you imagine automobiles communicating with one another to prevent collisions? It will be possible in 2020. Ford engineers are currently working on an intelligent vehicle system that makes use of advanced Wi-Fi to send an automobile’s location to others in the area and recognize vehicles in its vicinity. Such technology will warn drivers of oncoming cars that will soon zoom through a red light, come to an abrupt stop ahead of your vehicle and so on.
The vehicles of 2020 and beyond will respond to drivers’ voice commands. Imagine a situation in which you want to change your vehicle’s radio station yet you do not want to remove your hands from the wheel as traffic is hectic. Tomorrow’s vehicles will respond to your voice commands to change the radio station, moving through music tracks and even reading incoming text messages. You will also be able to verbalize desired destinations and have the vehicle’s artificial intelligence respond with accurate directions.
Vehicle Improvement Through Microprocessors
Imagine rolling through the drive-thru lane of your favorite fast food joint and having your meal charged to your vehicle instead of your credit card. It will be possible in 2020. Vehicles will be equipped with microprocessors that allow for such transactions. Plenty of states already provide debit cards that drivers mount to their windshield to facilitate toll payments. It won’t be long until a Wi-Fi network communicates with vehicles through an encrypted signal for the processing of all sorts of different financial transactions on-the-go.