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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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The convergence of two technological trends -- the Internet of Things and the quest for the self-driving car -- is changing the way cars are being made. New sensor technologies are driving a revolution in the way we interact with our beloved cars, how safe they are, and even how fuel efficient they can be. Pretty soon, it will be hard to tell who is smarter -- the car or the driver.

That's probably OK with most drivers. People seem to love their cars like family. This survey shows that over half of British drivers name their car. The most popular name for a car in Britain? Betty. IWeek's own Susan Nunziata named her car Mabel. The funny thing is that as cars become more automated and more connected to our lives, we're only going to get closer to them. The next time a Mabel or a Betty swerves to avoid oncoming traffic, she's going to seem more like a friend than ever.

Cars are also going to get more social and even take on a personality as they become more connected to our lives. The first time Harrison (a common name for Fords) reminds his driver to pick up an anniversary gift, you can bet he's going to get rewarded with a nice wash and wax.

All of this is predicated on an increasing interconnectedness between cars, drivers, and the world around them. Your car is going to be packed with an increasing number of cameras, sensors, and networking gear that will allow it to not only see and measure the world around it, but to tap into what other cars and nearby objects are seeing. Imagine your car knowing that a child has run into the street right around the corner, because another car saw the child first.

So not only are Betty and Harrison going to talk to you, but they're also going to be talking to Mabel. All of this is going to lead to changes in the way we drive. Click on to see nine technologies that are going to make your current car look like a Model T.

David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio

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Kristin Burnham
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7/30/2014 | 3:26:27 PM
External airbags
While I see the intention, I just can't imagine external airbags would be safe for surrounding cars trying to avoid an accident.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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7/30/2014 | 3:44:39 PM
Re: External airbags
@Kristin Burnham- That's certainly one of the issues, but with accident avoidance sensors in every car (hopefully in the near future) it changes the equation.

Imagine a situation where every car within the range of an accident knows what is happening. Some cars realize they can't avoid the accident (maybe a car slid on ice or something). Those cars deploy the airbags. Some cars realize they can avoid it based on the signals from the various cars, Those cars use assisted braking to stop.

And those few cars that can't totally avoid it, but can slow down a lot can bounce harmlessly off the external airbags. 

My biggesr concern is the expense. When an airbag goes off in a car now, it is a several hundred dollar repair. i would expect replacing the airbags across a whole car could be several thousand dollars. You'd have to make sure they only deployed when the property damage or hazard to life warranted the deployment. 
Susan_Nunziata
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7/30/2014 | 6:43:36 PM
Re: External airbags
@David:  i would expect replacing the airbags across a whole car could be several thousand dollars.

This is true, though that is also what it cost me in repairs when my car (not dear Mabel) encountered an automobile-eating pole in our office parking lot.

While life and limb were unharmed, the car sustained absurdly expensive damage. Perhaps a less costly shield could be created for those low-impact situations for drivers like me who have, er, spatial reasoning challenges?
David Wagner
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7/31/2014 | 1:37:56 PM
Re: External airbags
@David:  i would expect replacing the airbags across a whole car could be several thousand dollars.

This is true, though that is also what it cost me in repairs when my car (not dear Mabel) encountered an automobile-eating pole in our office parking lot.

While life and limb were unharmed, the car sustained absurdly expensive damage. Perhaps a less costly shield could be created for those low-impact situations for drivers like me who have, er, spatial reasoning challenges?


@Susan- Did the pole jump out and grab your car? Did it fall? Because I know you didnt do thousands of dollars of damage running into a stationary object at parking lot speeds. :)


No, seriously, the holy grail for fender benders would be a system that could deploy and redeploy without a mechanic. But sadly, I don't see the money in that from the automaker's perspective which is sad. 
shakeeb
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7/31/2014 | 11:15:43 PM
Re: External airbags
@Susan – Its much costly to replace air bags, I think it's better not to have external airbags. 
shakeeb
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7/31/2014 | 10:53:31 PM
Re: External airbags
@David – Do you mean to say these cars need to have sensors feeding in data to  computer to analyze the possible impact within milliseconds?
Susan_Nunziata
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7/30/2014 | 6:40:17 PM
Re: External airbags
@Kristen-I had the same thought reading about those external airbags. If those popped out on a car near me I'd probably have a heart attack and cause a far worse accident. 
shakeeb
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7/31/2014 | 11:00:18 PM
Re: External airbags
@Sausan – that's a good one, it think after reading your comment the manufactures will give up the idea of having external airbags. 
Kristin Burnham
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8/1/2014 | 9:03:19 AM
Re: External airbags
@Susan -- that's exactly what I was thinking. @Dave's points about the cost are another good one: At what point does a fender bender cost less than external airbags? How does this factor into whether or not they deploy? Lots of variables, but will be interesting to see if they come to fruition.
shakeeb
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7/31/2014 | 10:49:42 PM
Re: External airbags
@Kristin – I don't think external airbags could hold the external pressure from the other vehicle on an impact. 
Lorna Garey
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7/30/2014 | 4:12:58 PM
Talking not just to me ...
Do you think these cars are also going to be talking to insurance companies, at some point, with or without the owner's permission? 
David Wagner
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7/30/2014 | 5:55:49 PM
Re: Talking not just to me ...
@Lorna- Probably. Considering several insurance companies have already started voluntary programs using sensors to judge driving, I can imagine they'd want to expand the program. But interestingly, as cars get better at avoiding accidents for us, it will matter less and less to insurance companies how we drive. 

And actually consider this-- If Google starts driving my car 24/7, whjy should i carry insurance? Shouldn't Google? They're driving.
Lorna Garey
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7/31/2014 | 10:09:46 AM
Re: Talking not just to me ...
I have heard discussion about that -- and when ALL cars are self driving, accidents will probably be drastically reduced, so insurance as an industry will be disrupted. Even theft will likely be minimized, as you can program your car to work only for select people. We could install breathalyzers.

It's the transition that will be tough, when you have a mix of humans and computers on the road. 
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7/31/2014 | 12:10:25 PM
Re: Talking not just to me ...
If the car drives for you, why would you need a breathalyzer? Scary to think of the level of autonomy we are willing to give up in the name of convenience/safety.
David Wagner
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7/31/2014 | 12:44:37 PM
Re: Talking not just to me ...
Scary to think of the level of autonomy we are willing to give up in the name of convenience/safety.


I don't see why I'd be giving up autonomy. I feel like I'd be gaining it. Sure, sometimes it is fun to drive. But if I'm stuck in traffic, I'd much rather be reaading a book or playing a game or talking to my family than worry about hitting the bumper in front of me. Sometimes I have to pick up my kids at school in the middle of a meeting. If i had a self-driving car, i could send the car to get them without leaving.

In my mind that ADDS autonomy. I still choose where i'm going. I still choose when I'm going. Sure, I give up braking to avoid an accident to the car, but wow, look what I get-- the chance to finally read Beowulf or beat Candy Crush or sleep or whatever. To me that's a trade off for my autonomy. I give up the drudge of driving for more time fo rme.
Kristin Burnham
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8/1/2014 | 9:04:44 AM
Re: Talking not just to me ...
But if I'm stuck in traffic, I'd much rather be reaading a book or playing a game or talking to my family than worry about hitting the bumper in front of me.


^^Scary to think that I've seen people do all those things in traffic without autonomous cars...
Li Tan
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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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batye,
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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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8/4/2014 | 1:33:47 PM
Re: Talking not just to me ...
Technologies for vehicles:

Conformal Array Radar

Vector Thrust

Elroy Jetson watch out
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. 
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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9/29/2014 | 5:34:46 PM
Re: Talking not just to me ...

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

David Wagner
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7/31/2014 | 12:39:45 PM
Re: Talking not just to me ...
It's the transition that will be tough, when you have a mix of humans and computers on the road.


An interesting point. But aren't we already in the middle of that transition? If you have a self-parking car, or a car with a backup camera or warning system, or a car that warns you about what lane you are in, you are on your way. By the time self-driving cars are ready to roll out to consumers, nearly all new cars will have these features standard. Many of the used cars on the road will have had them for a while.


By the time self-driving cars are on the road, most "human-driven" cars will really be driven at least part way by computers. What;s interesting to me is that the quest for the self-driving car is bringing it to us piecemeal as automakers perfect certain parts. Heck, we've been doing this since we started cruise control and anti-lock brakes decades ago. Humans are giving up parts of the driving equation with each new option they buy.
Lorna Garey
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7/31/2014 | 2:30:56 PM
Re: Talking not just to me ...
I guess that's true! I just hope these are perfected by the time I am too old to drive myself around to the grocery store.
David Wagner
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7/31/2014 | 5:14:49 PM
Re: Talking not just to me ...
@Lorna- Don't worry, by that time we'll be 3-D printing food anyway. :)
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7/31/2014 | 10:58:15 PM
Re: Talking not just to me ...
@ lorna I hope so too.  I'm bad at parking, if a car can help me park that will be great.  I guess that in the future, car accidents will be something of the past.  I keep hearing about self driving cards, but then I keep reading that there will be many states that need to change their legistation before those cars go on the road. 
Kristin Burnham
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8/1/2014 | 9:06:19 AM
Re: Talking not just to me ...
My next car will have that auto-parallel-park feature, no doubt. I will drive around so much longer now looking for one that doesn't require parallel parking. My high school driving instructor would be displeased...
David Wagner
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8/1/2014 | 12:22:12 PM
Re: Talking not just to me ...
My next car will have that auto-parallel-park feature, no doubt. I will drive around so much longer now looking for one that doesn't require parallel parking. My high school driving instructor would be displeased...


@Kristin- Ha! All you need to do is move into a neighborhood with a parking shortage. I became the best parallel parker in the world in grad school. :)

My skills have diminished now with a garage. 

What I want now is a car with sensor to keep from running over the junk in my garage. :)
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7/31/2014 | 10:58:49 PM
Re: Talking not just to me ...
@David – Data from these sensors could be used by insurance companies to study the driver which could result in higher insurance premium rates. 
shakeeb
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7/31/2014 | 10:55:15 PM
Re: Talking not just to me ...
@Lorna – I wish the insurance companies could be here at the place of impact as soon as it happens. I think that it's beyond the control of technology. 
Susan_Nunziata
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7/30/2014 | 6:48:20 PM
Mabel the MINI
@David: thank you for immortalizing my beloved Mabel the MINI! (Cooper S, 2005, Harmon Kardon stereo package, runflat tires, sport suspension, same transmission as an audi TT...How I loved that car.)

Anyway, what I really want to know is where is my flying car?!?

I mean, all these tech advances are very nice, but I feel cheated. I was promised by every piece of science fiction I read as a kid that we'd have flying cars by now. What's the holdup?
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7/31/2014 | 1:34:46 PM
Re: Mabel the MINI
@Susan- always happy to help give Mabel her 15 minutes. Pics? :)

But regards to the flying car, I think we'd have them right now if people were't such lousy drivers. think about 11 million accidents a year happening in the skies instead of on the ground. think about all those older folks who keep driving long after their reflexes have started to fail trying that in a flying car. Think about a 16 year old taking driver's ed in a flying car.

the self-driving car is a necessary step to the flying car. As soon as they can drive themselves they will fly themselves.
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7/30/2014 | 7:17:39 PM
Back up, Move Forward
Well, the future of the auto industry looks like a cross between My Mother the Car, KITT in Knight Rider, and the Jetsons!
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7/31/2014 | 5:36:58 AM
Re: Smarter Cars: 9 Tech Trends
First off, I love my cars and even though I have not named any of them yet I still refer to each one by its registration plates (accronymed, of course) so I definitely wouldn't mind it if my cars 'thought' they were smarter than me. However, the idea of having a driverless car is one that I don't think I will ever reconcile myself with. Automated? Maybe, but never driverless. Not even Google (they are trying out driverless cars by the way) can predict everything and design a car that can handle all that so human intuition and instinct will always have an edge!
David Wagner
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7/31/2014 | 12:25:51 PM
Re: Smarter Cars: 9 Tech Trends
However, the idea of having a driverless car is one that I don't think I will ever reconcile myself with. Automated? Maybe, but never driverless. Not even Google (they are trying out driverless cars by the way) can predict everything and design a car that can handle all that so human intuition and instinct will always have an edge!

@sachinEE- It is interesting. I generally feel the same way, and yet Americans alone have about 11 million car accidents per year. Most drivers will be involved in multiple car accidents in their lifetime.

I am constantly amazed by the human brain and intuition. But the brain can only act on what it can see. Connected cars will be able to see farther down the road than a person. They'll be able to see what other cars are doing, sometimes before they start doing it. Self-driving cars will never eliminate accidents. Mechanical failures, environmental surprises (ice, nails on the road, etc), and software failures will still cause accidents.

But I'm guessing human intuition eventually gets beaten by extending the knowledge of the car beyond the point of human ability.
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7/31/2014 | 11:20:23 PM
Re: Smarter Cars: 9 Tech Trends
@SachinEE – I too prefer to have an automated car with driving assistance, but never wish to have a driverless car. What if a sensor fails and gives incorrect readings?
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7/31/2014 | 9:40:05 AM
Who's responsible when something fails
All this is great, but think of this:  What happens, as we become dependt on all this technology to keep us safe and respond for us, when one of these new driving assisted or safety features fails, or doesn't work as it's billed.  The auto parking car doesn't break to avoid the child that ran behind it, or the external airbag deploys and slams the guy on the bike next to you into another car, or the auto braking system fails and you slam into the car ahead of you.  Who then is responsbile?  The driver will expect the insurance to pay, the insurance company will say the manufacture's system didn't work correctly and put the blame on them, and the manufacture will blame the driver for not being attentive enought to repond properly.  The lawyers will have a field day batting this around the courts.

The issue I see happening is as all these features come in, drivers will grow to depend on them and become less and less attentive in their driving. They're reading the windshield for directions and miss the car pulling out in front of them.  They'll expect the system to apply the breaks for them or properly calculate the correct speed needed to get through the traffic light safely.

Think of it this way: How many times does your computer lockup or crash when you need it most.  You may say not often, but it can and does happen.  The results are you may miss a meeting or have to start over with filling out the spreadsheet.  The consiquences are far worse when a system fails in in 2500 pound car going 35MPH in city traffic, and you don't get a blue screen to warn you about it.
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7/31/2014 | 12:28:42 PM
Re: Who's responsible when something fails
@rmanske53101- I'm pretty sure the argument you're making has been made for smart phones and tablets. I'm pretty sure before that it was made for scheduling software like Outlook. Before that it was probably made for alarm clocks and regular telephones and radio and all sorts of things.

What happens when technology changes human behavior? We adapt to it.
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7/31/2014 | 12:49:35 PM
Re: Who's responsible when something fails
Sorry no, it's not the same.  No one sued the manufacture because their alarm clock didn't go off and as far as I know, no one has crashed their cell phone into another cell phone that cause a death or dismemberment. 

We're required to carry auto insurance in case something bad happens, and that 'bad' is the result of damage/loss of property or results in bodily injury or death.  When something does happen (and it will), the insurance companies do their best to either pay the minimum on the claim, refuse to pay due to loopholes or try to get someone else pay to recover the costs from. No one likes to shell out money.

Yes, we will adapt, and that's my issue, we will adapt to the point where we come dependent and rely on them to heavily.  How many people are so addicted to their devices that when it gets lost when they can't cope without? We're talking the potentials for very large amount of cash per claim and everyone thinks "big business" has deep pockets when thing fail.  The question will be asked who pays when they system fails and there a serious result.  The victims will want compensation, the perpetrators will not want to pay and the manufactures will deny culpability. This will go to litigation and the courts at some point.
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7/31/2014 | 12:55:45 PM
Re: Who's responsible when something fails
@rmansker53101- Well, we'll see. I feel like we'v ehad the "humans are too addicted to technology" argument since the wheel. Maybe one day people who say it will be right and we'll kill ourselves and the planet with technology. Maybe not. But what I personally observe is that when a new technology comes along, people abuse it, learn from it, and move on. 

When smart phones first came out they were annoying as heck. People wouldn't talk to each other. They jsut stared at their phone. I see that receding and people adapting. Not everyone. There's always someone around to misuse something. But most people. 

We'll see.
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7/31/2014 | 11:25:28 PM
Re: Who's responsible when something fails
@rmanske53101 – I haven't seen technology fail safe or fool proof so why risk your life in an autonomous car.  
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7/31/2014 | 9:40:42 AM
Some Interesting Ideas
I like some of these ideas but think some of the others are maybe a little too far out.  For instance, as others have mentioned, the external airbags might cost just as much to replace as fixing the car and could make the car just as un-drivable since they would be hanging around everywhere. Networked cars, Ah Yes another opportunity for hackers to steal my information and or take control of part of my life.  Preventing hot car deaths of kids and pets would be good if they can pull it off.
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7/31/2014 | 9:49:05 AM
All this technology is well and good...
But it will continue to push the cost of new cars upward to the point that they will only be affordable to those in higher income brackets. Unless...they start making 10 year loans on cars.
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7/31/2014 | 12:17:14 PM
Re: All this technology is well and good...
Fantastic point. We've already seen the cost of cars more than double in the past 20 years due to the cost of all safety equipment. Additionally, we've seen insurance costs increase since a car in an accident today will generally have several thousand dollar repair costs due to air bags,crumple-zones etc. Adding all this tech will keep this trend alive. Want a new economy car? That'll be a $30k starting price.

I have stated on here many times - just because we CAN do something doesn't mean we should. We need to pay attention to the unintended consequences (people no longer paying attention to the road expecting the car to do it). People already sue over idiotic things like "my coffee was hot so i put it in my lap, but I didnt think it was THAT hot so give me $30 million!. Or the lady who sued the RV company because they labeled the cruise control as autopilot and was shocked when she left the wheel then went to the back of the RV and the RV crashed. Imagine when cars don't do every little thing because "they drive themselves".

I love technology but too much of anything is a problem. Many of these ideas are just too much.
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7/31/2014 | 12:34:20 PM
Re: All this technology is well and good...
@smonfort402- A very fair point. I feel that way about dashboard entertainment systems these days. i was just fine with my smartphone plugged into an aux cable to listen to Pandora on the road. Now they have jammed what is essentially a tablet into my radio so it can be "pandora enabled." Just extra money at no value to me in my opinion.

That said, you might find we save money elsewhere. If braking assist keeps you out of more fender benders and all of your neighbors out of more fender benders, your insurance won't keep going up as much.

If external airbags lower highway fatalities (as internal ones have) then your health insurance might not go up as much.

I wish car companies would pay more attention when selecting technology to add to cars to give a good customer ROI, but adding tech doesn't automatically mean the car becomes unaffordable.
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7/31/2014 | 2:13:47 PM
Connected cars
I really like the connected cars idea. Given how often I've seen near misses because someone's on their cell phone, eating a burger or applying lipstick (or reading!) while driving, I'm sure it would decrease accidents. Though please don't have the augmented windshields before the connected cars, or someones going to run up the back of a another car because they had to 'quick' check their clash of clans game or something.
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7/31/2014 | 2:17:36 PM
Re: Connected cars
@kstaron- Ha! Well, i hope they won't be able to do Clash of Clans on their windshield. But you do bring up a point-- we have to make sure we use it to augment the driver, not distract them.

This is someplace where we can learn a lot from fighter pilots.
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7/31/2014 | 10:42:24 PM
Smarter Cars
Wondering how much it will drive up the cost of the car. But loved some of the smarts the car will have
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7/31/2014 | 10:44:26 PM
External airbags
R u serious.
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7/31/2014 | 10:49:42 PM
sensor for heat
People who leave tbeir kids in the car will not buy car with these sensors
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7/31/2014 | 10:55:40 PM
Traffic light detector
Loved the idea of a traffic light detector. Would love that my 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.
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8/1/2014 | 12:11:07 AM
outside airbags?
Ever see that short clip on the web where the guy beeps his horn at an old lady crossing in front of him and she hits his car with her purse.... his airbag pops... now this is going to be really interesting when they pop outward.  It's bad enough you have people trying to extort money by running a wiper over your window and then demanding money at stoplights.... what going to happen when they demand it for not setting off your multiple thousands of dollar worth of airbags instead?  

  Outside airbags = bad idea.

 
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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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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. 
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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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