Technological developments are always interesting for us to note, not least automotive technology that is quite rapidly changing. Cars with different ages of 3 years alone have many differences in technology and features.

But make no mistake, a new technology launched at a time was mostly discovered about a decade before its release to the public. Like internet technology that is prevalent today, it actually exists since the 1950s, only its use is still limited to the military technology of developed countries only.

So the various technologies that we now see in science fiction films, are very likely to become a reality in the next 5 to 10 years.

One contributor at Forbes Magazine, Karl Brauer, estimates that at least 10 future automotive technologies we see in science fiction will become commonplace in cars in the 2020s, including:

If we take note, Karl’s estimate makes sense, one of the technologies that leads to autonomous cars already in luxury cars is the “Cruise Control” feature, which allows cars to drive at a steady speed without the driver having to press the gas pedal. Another advanced feature that already exists is the auto-parking feature, which is able to automatically park the car in the right position with the help of sensors.

Research on Autonomous Vehicles continues to be conducted by technology companies such as Google, Apple and Microsoft in cooperation with car manufacturing giants such as Toyota, McLaren, Nissan, Mitsubishi and so on.

2. Driver Override System

This technology is still related to autonomous cars. This is a technology where cars make their own decisions under certain conditions for safety or to avoid dangerous conditions. This technology is very likely to be present in the near future thanks to the increasingly sophisticated and rapid advancement of sensor technology.

Today, the direction to this technology is already visible with many advanced safety features in luxury cars, such as the Auto-Braking feature which with the help of sensors automatically reduces the speed or even stops the car if it will hit an object in front of it.

In the future, features that use sensors are expected to be more advanced until they are able to automatically take all controls such as steering wheel, gas pressure, brakes and so on. The next stage in the longer term, the car is like having a brain and deciding for himself what to do, as if to say “it’s not you who made the decision!”

3. Biometric Vehicle Access

Access to cars for security purposes will be more advanced. Still related to sensor technology, the car will be more connected to its owner like a mobile phone. If now to open and lock the car door with remote keyless entry, then in the future simply with fingerprint or even sound like access to the mobile phone, it can be applied to open the car door cap or turn on the engine.

If buddy still remembers in the 2012 film (Apocalypse according to the Mayans), when a Russian billiuner activated his advanced car with the sound sensor “Bentley, Engine Start!”. Perhaps by the 2020s, such features will be prevalent in ordinary cars not required in Bentley or Jaguar-class cars.

4. Comprehensive Vehicle Tracking

The advancement of GPS technology is very likely to make the car more like a personal phone. His whereabouts can be traced at any time. This is not a new technology, even now there are many separate device sales for car owners who want their cars to be tracked at any time just in case their beloved car is stolen.

In the future, this feature will likely become a common feature in cars. For example, to increase the selling value of the car as an enrichment of safety features, in increasingly fierce automotive competition.

Karl Brauer says the industry that is very interested in this feature is insurance. It is likely that they will establish a mandatory tracking feature at all times on the car to monitor the driver’s behavior for the purpose of justifying the rejection of the claim if an incident is intentionally engineered by the car owner.
5. Active Window Display

Advances in digital display technology are also expected to enter the cabins of cars of the future. If we look at the iron man movie, Tony Stark toyed with gadgets like transparent glasses but can display a variety of images from 2-dimensional to 3-dimensional.

Imagine the technology is on the windshield of a friend’s car, for example for a nafigasi feature that in real time tells you which road directions to take or at which corner the buddy has to turn for a previously determined destination. Or on the rear windshield to communicate with other motorists in the back, for example telling the speed of the car buddy, giving a clearly written warning for example with the words “hey I’m ngerem again!” and so on.

6. Remote Vehicle Shutdown

This is a feature to remotely turn off the car wherever it is. It’s a future security feature that now exists, but hasn’t been massively pinned to the car. Today it is still sold as an aftermarket feature by certain companies. This feature has helped many police in America and Europe to catch car thieves easily, especially combined with GPS technology, then the stolen car will be easier to find after the engine can no longer be turned on.

7. Active Health Monitoring

Advanced features that monitor the health and condition of the driver. The idea of this technology has come under scrutiny by Ford Motor Corporation, to monitor the health of drivers with certain devices on seat belts and steering circumference. With this feature, the car can advise the driver to immediately pull over and rest if it reads symptoms that the driver is tired or drowsy.

In a further stage, the car can automatically pull over and stop if the driver suddenly no longer controls his car while the car is still running, for example because the driver has a heart attack. There can even be a car that automatically contacts the nearest paramedic for help by notifying the scene.

8. Supercar with 4-Cylinder Engine

Today, superfast luxury cars have at least 6 cylinder engines with the help of turbo technology to achieve performance of 600 HP and above. In the future, increasingly efficient engine technology is geared towards reducing the engine and achieving the same performance as increasingly efficient fuel consumption. According to Karl Brauer, in the 2020s, there will be a four-cylinder supercar but powered above 200 HP.

9. Personalized Car Marketing

The car’s connection with its owner is increasingly mimicking a mobile phone. If we’ve been inundated with ads on mobile based on browsing behavior on facebook, google and twitter, then get ready our car to be one of the determinants of the ads that we will encounter on gadget devices or monitor head units in our cars based on the locations that we often visit with those cars. The perpetrators of the world of digital marketing will easily understand the intent of the explanation of this technology.

10. Reconfigurable Body Panel (car type transformation technology)

Convertible or car technology that can go from a sedan to a roofless car is the inspiration for this technology. In the future there will be many 2 types of cars combined in 1 car, looking at the trend of what type of car is best selling.

For example, interest in SUV cars is increasingly combined with the rapid sales of double cabin cars. Then there will be an SUV that partially body rear can be turned into a tub with convertible car technology.

That’s the variety of car technology and features that are expected to exist in the 2020s, by an unfortunate professional journalist across the automotive media world for more than 20 years. Karl Brauer has held important positions in various well-known automotive media such as, Hot Rod Magazine, Kelly Blue Book, and so on.

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