Years ago, the automobile industry realized that the more they understood about a car’s occupant, the more they could anticipate a person’s wants and needs. With technology barreling ahead at breakneck speeds, consumers will be happily surprised at the conveniences coming their way – with some already available. Below are the top three trends in car designs using technology advancements:
- Interior Comforts
Using biometric technology and infrared cameras, automobile manufacturers can now anticipate drivers’ mental and health levels and adjust the interior of the vehicle accordingly. For example, sensors can detect if a driver is experiencing road rage or drowsiness. The interior cabin space can then be automatically adjusted to accommodate the drivers’ condition. For instance, if the auto sensors detect that the driver is stressed via a tight grip on the wheel or rapid breathing, the vehicle would respond with a personalized mood burst designed to ease the anxiety. This might include lemon scented aromatherapy through the ventilation, changes in temperature and changing to calming music on the stereo. Conversely, if the car senses the driver is sleepy, it might change the environment to include more upbeat music and a cooler temperature, with a burst of fresh peppermint smell. Pantone is now partnering with Kia to give drivers’ a specific hue to their interior based on their mood needs. Drivers can choose from seven “nature inspired” hues chosen by Pantone and designed to put the driver at ease.
- Key Fobs
Keys have come a long way since the late 1990s. Here are what some car manufacturers are doing with key fobs these days.
The 7-series BMW key fob comes with a color touch screen that allows you to swipe to see information like whether all the doors are locked and your current fuel range. You can also use the key to control the climate in the car, but by far the coolest part is that you can use it to park the car remotely.
Tesla has taken it one step farther and, with a push of a button on its fob, it will summon the car for you, completely driverless. Tesla key can be used to tell the car to pull forward and backward, all from a semi-remote distance and without anyone inside of the car.
For those of us who don’t want to be bothered with a key any longer, Volvo will let you start your car with your phone instead.
- Luxury Car Seating
With theaters paving the way for movie goers to sit in luxe recliner seating while they take in a film, it only makes sense for car manufacturers to get in on the same action. With autonomous cars on the horizon, there are plans in the works for seats that can rotate and face the rear seat occupants. If not in a manual driving mode, the driver does not have to sit up next to the steering wheel. Instead, they can opt to relax back and use a digital display to control the functions of the car.
Work is also being carried out to deliver connected electronics in the headrests to let passengers listen to their choice of music or carry on cell phone conversations without disturbing others. Passengers will also be able to adjust their own climates and share biomedical information when necessary.
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