Futuristic Technology to Keep You Safe on Montana Roads
This Technology is Closer than you Think
In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s vehicles weren’t very safe. For the last couple of decades horsepower was increasing and so were speeds. Traffic accident fatalities were at an all time high hovering around 25 or 26 per 100,000 people. Something had to change… and it did.
Over the following decades seatbelts became more common, airbags were eventually installed into all vehicles. Crumple zones were created, and no longer were vehicles made to withstand an impact; instead they were designed to “smoosh” with the impact so that the vehicle was destroyed and not the occupant inside. As of 2017, the latest data available, these safety features have brought fatalities down to about 11 per 100,000 and the trend continues its decline.
Looking to the future, we can expect fewer fatal accidents because of these technologies that will be incorporated in the next decade or so.
Vehicles that talk, no, not Knight Rider style, aren’t a farfetched idea. In fact, the Internet of Things is very commonplace in all of our lives already. Incorporating it into vehicles won’t take much. When vehicle can talk to each other, they can react faster.
For instance, you’re coming into an uncontrolled intersection that has a blind corner. Your vehicle talks to the cross traffic, and alerts you that the other vehicle is traveling at a high rate of speed. Talking vehicles can alert each other to those veering out of their own lanes, or even to foreign objects in the road up ahead.
We have Smart Cars! They’re those little ones that can park against the curb nose in and not obstruct the lane. But what we really mean is cars that become smarter the more you use them. Similar to talking cars, your vehicle will get to know how you act and drive, and it will adjust accordingly.
For example, suppose you leave work each day at 5:05pm. The vehicle will start to warm up a few minutes before you head out to it. You probably take the same route home, but if there’s an accident or heavy traffic, the vehicle will suggest an alternate route. The temperature inside will optimize, and if someone else has recently used your vehicle, the mirror and seat settings will re-align to you.
Augmented Reality Windshields
Augmented reality, a sub-set of virtual reality, is incorporated into a lot of our lives already; Pokemon Go! anyone? Why not incorporate it into our vehicles? This actually has been done before, and you can buy a heads up speedometer to retrofit just about any vehicle.
Going forward, however, we will see more of it. Instead of having your gauges and maps on a display built into the dashboard, they will show on the windshield. No more glancing down to see when that turn is coming up, no more taking your eyes off the road to check your speed. It will all be right ahead of you.
Self Driving Cars
Self driving cars are already on the roads. Tesla is making huge strides to ensure that these vehicles are safe for everyday use. While they’re still in beta mode, and the technology isn’t perfect (not to mention the idea that laws will need to be adjusted to accommodate them), they are already here.
As more and more vehicles drive themselves, and talk to each other, traffic jams will become a thing of the past. Remember the movie Minority Report? The vehicles zip through the city and seamlessly weave into traffic. No need to control, no need to check your mirrors to merge, the vehicle will know what to do.
If you have a phone that was made in the last few years, there’s a good chance you use biometric data every day. Whether it’s a thumbprint or facial scan, your phone uses your unique biology to know who you are. It’s not that far away to incorporate this same technology into vehicles.
A thumbprint scan to open the door, or a face scan from a sensor near the door frame and the door can pop open. Voice recognition could work too, or override it all manually with an app on your smart phone. In the more distant future you may even be able to unlock the door with nothing but the sound of your heart beating. Think of how much harder it will be to steal a vehicle when a thief has to first steal your thumbprint?
Big Sky Collision Center will Still Fix Your Vehicles
Safer vehicles will still crash. Even when everything is perfected and the technology is there to ensure fatalities go to zero, there will always be user error (or animals jumping out in the road, or icy streets that aren’t detected by vehicles, or maybe rogue robots attacking). When your futuristic vehicle is damaged, bring it on over to the best auto body repair shop in Montana.
Of course you don’t have to wait until your vehicle is automated. You can schedule a time to get any auto body damage fixed by calling us at 406-259-6328.