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Smarter Cars: 9 Tech Trends

Can your car wake you up if you get sleepy behind the wheel? Or recommend a good Mexican restaurant? These nine technologies will soon change the way we think about cars.
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Current market safety sensors
If you have shopped for a brand new car in the last few years, especially a luxury car, you've started to see this trend in action. Parking assist and backup cameras are yesterday's news. Increasingly, we're seeing cars with lane control, active cruise control, tailgating warnings, braking assist, and collision prevention technology. They all rely on a series of external sensors (usually a combination of radar and visual sensors) to determine how close an object is. The sensors usually give an audio cue followed by automated intervention. Braking assist (pictured) is one of the best examples as it really makes simple use of technology to prevent the most common of collisions. A newer application of this technology is active cruise control, which decelerates slightly for you when you are approaching a slower car. While none of this technology can prevent sudden violent movements that sometimes cause accidents, they can prevent minor careless mistakes from turning into bigger tragedies. One technology coming down the pike is 3D imaging using lasers that will make all of these technologies even more accurate and useful.

Current market safety sensors
If you have shopped for a brand new car in the last few years, especially a luxury car, you've started to see this trend in action. Parking assist and backup cameras are yesterday's news. Increasingly, we're seeing cars with lane control, active cruise control, tailgating warnings, braking assist, and collision prevention technology. They all rely on a series of external sensors (usually a combination of radar and visual sensors) to determine how close an object is. The sensors usually give an audio cue followed by automated intervention. Braking assist (pictured) is one of the best examples as it really makes simple use of technology to prevent the most common of collisions. A newer application of this technology is active cruise control, which decelerates slightly for you when you are approaching a slower car. While none of this technology can prevent sudden violent movements that sometimes cause accidents, they can prevent minor careless mistakes from turning into bigger tragedies. One technology coming down the pike is 3D imaging using lasers that will make all of these technologies even more accurate and useful.

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Technocrati
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9/29/2014 | 5:34:46 PM
Re: Talking not just to me ...

and don't forget to recline the seat for comfort...   : ) 

Technocrati
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9/29/2014 | 5:33:22 PM
Re: What I'd have in my car.

@tzubair    I couldn't help but think about electrodes connected to one's head when thinking of monitoring a drivers mental alertness. 

I guess it would be possible to have your car take you to the nearest Starbucks if your "alerness rating" is below the recommended level.  : ) 

 

Good Luck with the Flowers.

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9/29/2014 | 4:59:04 PM
What I'd have in my car.
My favorite and probably one of the most useful technologies would be the detection of driver's mental alertness. And It isn't even far from application. This, we know to be one of the commonests causes of road traffic accidents and in countries like saudi arabia, THE most common cause. Smart phones have been offering this feature for a while now, whereby the screen turns off when a person is getting drowsy or has put the phone away. Same is the case with facial recognition softwares in cars, smart phones have been doing it for a while. Though yes it is a security system that cannot be messed with by thieves. 

Yet I wouldn't want my car to do the thinking on my behalf..If it's my wife's birthday I would rather pick my flowers myself and remember to do that. 
David Wagner
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8/6/2014 | 1:36:04 PM
Re: Talking not just to me ...
Just put down the phones when you're driving, people. 


Or pick them up AFTER you buy a self-driving car. :)
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8/4/2014 | 9:32:36 PM
Re: Traffic light detector
The idea is pretty amazing. But it also worth to notice, as the article says, "it would allow a car to gently slow down or accelerate to better sync with the lights." I'm just glad that the car will do the thinking for many of us.
Kristin Burnham
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8/4/2014 | 4:26:08 PM
Re: Talking not just to me ...
While the tech may be advancing, peoples' use of it isn't. Just put down the phones when you're driving, people. 
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8/4/2014 | 1:33:47 PM
Re: Talking not just to me ...
Technologies for vehicles:

Conformal Array Radar

Vector Thrust

Elroy Jetson watch out
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8/4/2014 | 1:26:22 PM
Re: Talking not just to me ...
yes, as people, gonna be people... and will pay attention to the phone instead of keeping eyes on the road...
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8/2/2014 | 6:08:07 AM
Re: Talking not just to me ...
Susan, that's exactly the case here in China. Some people play their smartphones from time to time with traffic without smart cars...They make the phone call or even send/receive WeChat message! The technology is getting more and more advanced but the essence of security still relies on people's mindset.
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8/1/2014 | 12:27:02 PM
Re: outside airbags?
@leeB120- I'm 99% sure that's a hoax. I can't find a definitive link to prove it, but I really think if any bump on the hood triggered airbags they'd have long been taken out or repaired.

Either way, external airbags wouldn't go off on content. It would be too late by then. They need to go off proactively with a different system.
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