Today on Computer Insider we’re going to continue to look at new technologies that we will see in our vehicles within the next few years. We’re all pretty familiar with the concept of the self-driving car, but given the number of opsies that have happened over the past year or so, it looks like that technology is still working out a few bugs, but one that looks like it will arrive, which could be a bit scary, are enhanced safety systems. Many models of cars today have technology that will apply the brakes if we venture too close to something in front of us, but down the road, we may have cars with artificial intelligence that can not only work on its own but will also have the final say on driving matters. It is estimated that by 2020 cars will have the full authority and can override human actions whenever it finds it appropriate or necessary.
A technology that will be important for the next generation of car automation will be vehicle to vehicle communications. This technology could be a revolutionary move towards building a safer tomorrow. The interchanging of data between cars can not only lead to smooth traffic and less congested roads, it will also play an important role in preventing road accidents far more efficiently. One issue that is yet to be solved is the speed that the communication needs to happen at. With cars, trucks, motorcycles all sharing space, the exchange of data has to be happening in real time. The longer the delay, the more likely something will go wrong. I’m not sure how pedestrians fit into this discussion. Today, with the numbers who wander across roads without even throwing a glance a traffic to see who’s going where, I would think that humans would also have to have some sort of interface to survive the roadways of the future.
Reporting for Computer Insider, I’m Bob Pritchard