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Here’s What Your Car Will Look Like in 2016

Posted on: February 12, 2016 by Platinum Direct

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The average car has changed tremendously over the past couple of decades. With the development of technology, car designers, and manufacturers have produced cars that are now safer, more eco-friendly, faster, comfortable… the list goes on.

Here are some recent developments in vehicle technology that you can get your hand on in 2016.

What 2016 Has To Offer The Automotive Industry

Apple CarPlay

Smartphones are becoming more popular as each day passes. It’s not surprising that people can’t keep their hands off them as you can do more things than ever when you’ve acquired one. Online shopping, dating, gaming, socializing, video recording, you name it – there’s an app for that.

With its popularity, there’s been a rise in the use of smartphones while driving. This has caused a huge number of accidents and many countries have put laws in place to against the use of them as a driver.

Since many cars now come equipped with an ‘infotainment’ screen. Apple has decided to create Apple CarPlay.

Apple CarPlay is a system that allows you to connect your phone to your in-car screen so you don’t need to divert your attention to your phone screen or use any of those fiddly hands-free mounts.

Play music, text message, use satellite navigation, call somebody, all while keeping your hands and eyes where they need to be! CarPlay is available in over 100 models but Apple has plans to incorporate their technology into much more.

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360° Cameras

As cameras have become smaller, they’ve simultaneously become more practical for everyday use. Many people use a ‘dashcam’ to record their driving experience. A dash cam is a compact camera you can install on your car’s dashboard – often used in case of an accident to provide authorities with hard evidence of the situation.

You’ll also find that some cars come equipped with a rear facing camera. This allows you view what’s behind you without having to peer out the back or use your mirrors. They’re becoming increasingly popular because you can see how much space you have behind you in situations like parking.

Coming soon are new cars that give you a 360° view of the vehicle. Making parking and seeing obstacles easier than ever! The all-around view of the car is produced by using 4 wide-angle cameras in the nose, the rear and under each wing mirror. The images are joined to give one continuous view of the cars surrounding. Offering better security and eliminating the excuse for bad parking!

Over the course of 2016, as the technology gets cheaper, we should start to see this feature in more affordable cars!

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Carpooling

Taxis, for years, have been a highly effective way of traveling by road without owning a motor vehicle. You may be aware of the recent popularity of services such as Uber and Lyft. These companies offer visually pleasing smartphone apps that allow you to easily request a ride. Uber provide a range of vehicles to choose from to cater to your requirements! One of the best thing about these services is the ability to simply pay through the app! With the option to leave a tip.

Ford has partnered with Getaround to launch a new test program called Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing. This new program will allow car owners to connect with users online who are in need of a ride.

So far, Ford has opened the program to 14,000 Ford customers in 6 US cities. There is also a similar service that Ford is testing in London.

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Automated Steering

In a world where we strive to make things more convenient for ourselves, autonomous cars have been a dream of car manufacturers for decades.

Recent developments have shown that we are on the brink of making the dream a reality!
However, we’re still a few years off being able to purchase fully autonomous vehicles.

Representatives from Google, Ford, and Delphi joined Secretary Foxx onstage at the auto show in Detroit to reveal that $4 billion is being earmarked in the 2017 budget for automated vehicle research development.

Automated steering is one of the first steps taken to reach fully automatic cars.

This technology can be especially useful if you spend long periods of time on the highway. After spending hours focusing on the road, our concentration can start to fatigue which could lead to an accident.

Automated steering uses sensors to see size and shape of the road and will steer you back into your lane if you begin to drift out of it. Partially autonomous steering can actually take the wheel completely, even on more curvy roads – at least for a few seconds.

The system eventually asks you to take back control of the wheel!

 

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