Special Report

Next Generation Technology That Could Soon Be in Every Car

Recent decades have been exciting in the auto industry. From the rise of electric cars to the coming wave of driverless transports, the future of mobility has been — and remains — a hot topic. 

Vehicle technology has made such leaps recently that even cars produced just a decade ago can seem quaint. With their key-based ignition systems, CD players, and lack of rear-view cameras and dashboard touch screens, they might be even compared to many of the worst cars made today.

Technologies that existed recently only in high-priced cars have trickled down into popular mass produced vehicles. Meanwhile, newer innovations — such as sophisticated radar and camera systems that enable semi-autonomous driving features — are still in development stages or just starting to appear in some luxury cars.

So what will a car of the future offer?

It is difficult to tell precisely, but there are hints about the future in auto shows and when reviewing automakers and by reviewing automakers and suppliers research and development centers. Such developments include advanced vehicle-to-vehicle data relays that will improve car safety, smaller and more affordable sensors that will give cars more “eyes” into the surrounding environment, and even smart innovations to one of the least interesting parts of a car: its tires.

We cannot predict when (or if) robotic cars will take over the road, nor can we accurately say when the status of certain technologies will change from novel and expensive to standard and affordable. We do, however, have a good sense of some vehicle features.

The changes in the way we drive are part of a series of emerging technologies that will change the way we live.

Click here to see the 15 emerging technologies that could someday be standard or optional add-ons to modestly priced cars.