Automotive innovations are not only to change our lives for the better but our planet, too.
The automotive industry is getting greener by the day. And it’s been about time for things to change dramatically since this field is has been notoriously to blame for numerous environmental issues we face today.
The automotive industry has been recognized as one of the major sources of pollutant emissions and energy consumption. That’s why we can expect it to embrace sustainability while maximizing efficiency.
With a rising interest in sustainable and renewable energy systems, solar-powered cars might be the future of mobility. The automotive industry is testing many prototypes at this very moment.
The solar-powered car market is estimated to reach $1 billion by 2021.
The trend of integrating solar panels into vehicles’ roofs has been available mostly on expensive cars until recently. Now, this sunlight-capturing technology is making its way into the mainstream.
Solar technology is about to be offered on more budget-friendly automobiles as well. Hyundai brand new Sonata Hybrid’s solar roof technology is able to increase the car’s range by 800 miles per year, according to the Korean automaker.
According to the New York Times, 2019 was the year of the electric vehicles. Silicon Valley can be proud of its green practices and environmental consciousness as Tesla’s seem to be one of the most popular cars in the area.
This electric car is so much more than its aesthetic appeal; it positively affects our environment and saves money on fuel, too.
In addition to Tesla, there are now 40 more vehicles available in the USA that use some form of electric power. Among many others, Jaguar and Audi send electric SUVs out into the world.
Manufacturers have disclosed their plans for 10 more models to hit the market.
Electric cars are getting cheaper and they can handle greater distances on a single charge. What’s even more exciting, the industry promises that most charging will be done at home by night.
If you are reluctant about electric vehicles but you want to get the taste of the future, there are ways to sample EV before you make the final decision on this growing trend.
Can you imagine not worrying about your tire going flat on you? Well, it seems like soon enough you won’t have to.
Lighter on the vehicles and easier to transport, airless tires eliminate the risk of a flat tire or a blowout on the road. They are also easy on the environment.
No flat tire means not having to carry a spare one, equaling more space in your trunk, less weight, and less fuel consumption.
Michelin and General Motors Co are hoping to have airless tires on passenger cars by 2024.
LiDAR is the staple technology of self-driving vehicles. This laser-based tool uses a laser instead of radio waves to scan the surroundings and spot threats as they arise.
LiDAR systems aim to detect and recognize objects with precision and high accuracy. Therefore, they can provide a safe driving experience.
RoboSense won the 2020 CES Innovation award for autonomous vehicle technology. This ground-breaking product does much more than collecting and interpreting high definition 3D point cloud data.
It also processes road data in real-time and synchronizes road traffic signage, driving areas, road curbs, and detects and classifies obstacles.
As if this is not enough, this innovative piece of technology is the world’s smallest solid-state LiDAR and comes with a low price tag and high stability.
It is intended that cars in the future monitor drivers as well as other passengers to improve their safety and comfort. The system is planned to detect your pulse, your breathing and to check whether the driver is paying attention to the driving.
Also, one of the key functions of this technology is to optimize safety systems in the event of an accident.
Customizing infotainment experiences to passengers is another one of the biometrics technology’s perks.
Smart Motorcycle Helmets
Smart helmets are about to make roads safer for all participants, not just motorcyclists. A French startup named Tali connected is about to launch a helmet that delivers advanced safety by integrating fall detection feature and improving visibility with color-changing LEDs.
The Tali helmet is designed to call emergency services automatically when an accident/fall is recognized. For better rider visibility, a photochromic visor is included.
There are more useful features of this smart device: it can sync with your smartphone app via Bluetooth and read off navigation directions, take phone calls and play music too.
The startup company is announcing that the helmet will be available at the end of 2020, or early 2021.
Diesel Engines Without Downsides
Mazda designed an impressive new Skyactiv technology. The most remarkable of these original innovations is its Skyactiv improved diesel engine without the usual downsides.
By developing the world’s lowest-compression ratio diesel engine, the company has enabled decreased pollution, boosted mileage and cut the costs of exhaust-after treatments.
This innovative engine cuts emission of nitrogen oxide and other pollutants enough for Mazda CX-5 and Mazda 6 to meet strict exhaust gas 2014 Euro-6 pollution regulations as well as those in the US.
Effortless acceleration and very little engine noise provide a premium experience.
In the decade upon us, we can expect loads of exciting and innovative products that will turn the automotive industry to greener business practices while providing comfort and efficiency.
Hi-tech trends like biometrics, solar power, and AI are about to reshape the automotive future and make it environmentally safer.