A couple of years ago, main predictions in the auto industry focused on the way upcoming models would look like. Everyone was wondering if manufacturers would make bigger, faster models? A lot of things have changed since. Today’s modern cars have gone through a complete makeover. They have evolved tremendously; many models now focus on latest software, greater comfort, new sensors, and other advanced technologies. What’s the deal with connected cars and what should we expect from today’s pioneering car manufacturers?

Porsche 911 Turbo Turbo S - Connected Cars
Porsche 911 Turbo Turbo S

Expectations with Connected Cars

Personalization

This 2016, we will see a lot of personalized vehicle hitting the market. Context aware software and groundbreaking algorithms will completely change the way people drive vehicles. Apart from promoting safer and easier driving experiences, the latest trends will also focus on in-car apps that are able to provide live assistance and answer questions driver might have in identifying dining places and parking spots in close proximity. New in-car technologies are similar to what smartphones are offering us today. Learning algorithms and context awareness will permit vehicles to make the difference between a regular work day (getting to work on time and finding parking lots faster) and personal time (taking better, less agglomerated routes and finding great dining and accommodation).

An additional aspect of car personalization is aimed at the ability of a car to understand the driver, his preferences and persona. Vehicles are starting to adapt and understand to the personal preferences and behavior of the driver; this current trend is linked to car choice, whether leased or purchased. Manufacturers have big plans for their new models. They’re aiming to sell other pioneering solutions that permit switching your avatar from car to car, just like when we’re switching music from iPads to iPhones.

Tesla Model X at the Geneva Motor Show
Tesla Model X at the Geneva Motor Show

Algorithm-based technology

Smart technology is the key to in-car personalization. However, this is merely one of many aspects concerning smart software additions for vehicles. 2016 is the beginning algorithm-driven companies; these businesses are focusing of providing personalization and flexibility in numerous auto branches. Machine learning algorithms are the new norm in automotive insurance. These software programs will soon be able to predict the type of car insurance a drive needs based on behavior and driving abilities, as well as road and driving conditions in a particular area.

Another future technology in the auto industry is predictive maintenance. It will work with a smart software and users will be provided with preventive measures for keeping their cars in healthy condition. As a matter of fact, this technology is just one of many other preventive services that future connected cars will have. Upcoming technological advances are focused on building a software program that can offer continuous advice for preserving your vehicle’s functionalities for as long as possible.

In-car Ethernet

Ethernet is making its way into the advanced car technology system. It will be used for video and audio, and it will have a huge impact on the way dashboard work. Its main purpose however, will be to be used when on the road. In 2017 most OEMs will most likely adhere to Ethernet architectures. The technology will materialize by 2018, when most new vehicles will feature Ethernet as a standard feature. Today’s most common in-car communicator is CAN (Controller Area Network). But then again, there are others such as audio, backup cameras or Bluetooth. These feature a lot of wiring (15-20 pounds), which adds to the weight of a car, thus impacting mileage.

Modern cars will need to be able to manage more capabilities, such as automatic braking in the event of a collision or hazard while on the road. Ethernet is a must-have technology that collects and processes data from a wealth of sensors, radar and cameras; thus making sure the driver experiences a safe driving experience.

Mercedes Benz CLA
Mercedes Benz CLA

Many new advanced solutions concerning safety will materialize this 2016. Auto makers will start building programs and software that can keep a car protected. A few interesting innovations will be trajectory control systems, autopilot, and in-car proximity sensors that can help driver avoid accidents and collisions.

We’re on the verge of witnessing amazing in-car technology materializing. In a few years, the connected cars will rule the auto industry, and manufacturers will have to find a way to stand out in order to remain ahead of the competition. Thus far, companies like Porsche, Tesla, BMW, Mercedes, Ford and Toyota seem to be in the lead. We’ll just have to wait and see which of these will be the best at developing innovative auto technology.

By John Smith and Ppcgb.com!