- Car Transport
Remember when you had to physically wind down the passenger window of your Ford Cortina before you could chat to someone on the street? Pull out the choke before you could get your car to start on a cold morning?
Our cars are getting smarter by the day, from ABS and cruise control to parking aids that almost take the skill out of reversing into that supermarket space. Hell, Google are even working on a driverless car that could do away with driving tests altogether!
We take it for granted nowadays when we buy a new motor – it’s going to contain added features that make it safer, more efficient and ever more sophisticated. While driverless cars might get some of you car enthusiasts hot under the collar, there’s no doubt that the motors of the future are going to look and feel as different as an Astin Martin Lagonda does to a Morris Minor.
Fibre Optics That Make Your Car Think Quicker
The biggest increase in onboard smart trickery has gone hand in hand with the development of communications technology. While many cars still use copper wire to carry out this vital task, others are beginning to switch to fibre optics which will make our humble vehicles more responsive and reliable.
Not only will remote communication cut down on the amount of wiring and hence the weight of your car, new alloy combinations are being introduced to maximise lower mass with greater strength. In short, cars are becoming stronger and lighter.
Quick and Easy Diagnostics with Smart Glasses
As our cars become ever more complex our ability to find out what’s gone wrong has decreased exponentially. But help is at hand, according to a recent BBC report that highlights the use of smart glasses and augmented reality to help you find a fault on your car. How does it work? You put on the glasses and look at the engine and a computer program overlays text, hints and tips to locate what is going on, communicating directly with your car’s on-board computer.
Cars That Talk to Each Other?
We’re used to our Sat Navs talking to us, so how would it be if your car warns you about possible hazards or suddenly pipes up that you’re getting low on engine oil? Manufacturers are now developing vehicles that actually talk to each other, which means they can help cut down on collisions or even warn of dangers up ahead.
Print Your Own Car
You may have seen the technology highlighted on news programmes where a 3D object has actually been ‘printed’ out. Well, the astounding news is that you can now produce a real a car. According to the Daily Mail recently, techno geeks have found a way to print out a car with 40 parts (before you get excited by this innovation remember that a normal car has about 2,000 different parts). The Strati took 44 hours to print and was conceived by an Arizona company who delighted in showing it off to amazed visitors at the Chicago Motor Show this year.
Does it work? You bet your bottom dollar it does.