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A free service, ZoomSafer, monitors one's cellphone usage while driving. It is determined with the help of GPS sensors in the phone.Photo: NYT
A free service, ZoomSafer, monitors one's cellphone usage while driving. It is determined with the help of GPS sensors in the phone.Photo: NYT

Imagine relaxing and treating yourself to your favourite book and a cup of coffee as you navigate to work. Or being able to finish that important presentation or research paper before you reach the university or the office. And now imagine doing all this while you drive. No we are not recommending a recipe for a sure shot disaster on the road, but instead are giving you a peek into the future of driving.

With the evolution of the automotive industry, the one cornerstone of innovation has been safety. Look at the number of technology innovations that have been made in the car over the decades and you will know safety is paramount for most auto manufacturers.

So the sci-fi future that we often see only in movies as of now, of robotic cars driving users to their destination only with the touch of a few buttons, may soon become a reality.

So, what can we expect in this safer-driving future? Let’s take a look.

One of the technologies being developed right now in the U.S. is Vehicle-to-Vehicle communication. This technology will use a radio spectrum to enable communication between cars to avoid non-impaired crashes.

The next big shift we will see in the direction of safety is towards driverless cars . Right now some of the high-end cars have the feature of adaptive cruise control, making driving a semi autonomous experience. However, this autonomy can reach its pinnacle soon into the future. This could indeed be a boon for people who can’t drive due to their age or other challenges.

Other safety features that can make their way into cars in the future will include sensors that will automatically shift speed when you get too close to another car, camera-based systems that provide better warnings to drivers about potential crash situations or car crash pile ups on high ways.

Most auto manufacturers have safety penned down as the number one priority as far as advancements in automotive technology go. Some manufacturers even aim to make their cars accident free over the next two decades.

So are you ready for the sci-fi future that will make your drive a safer one?


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