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The Future Of In-Car Tech

  1. More cars will offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, providing a cheap way to get navigation. It connects a supported vehicle to a compatible smartphone, enabling uninterrupted access to and interaction directly through a car dashboard.

Man holding a phone in a car using the carplay app

  1. Infotainment system - expect to see integrated infotainment systems in automobiles that deliver entertainment and information content.

  2. More midsize and compact cars will offer adaptive cruise control (AAC) - it’s an optional cruise control system for road vehicles that automatically adjusts the vehicle speed to maintain a safe distance from vehicles ahead. You can also expect to see stop-and-go. Some systems will also take the car to a full stop and allow it to creep slowly ahead so that you never have to touch the brake or accelerator in stop-and-go motorway traffic.

  3. Rear cameras for parking will be universal.

rear camera

  1. Odds are you’ll find two USB jacks in front, maybe two more in back. That’s small but important, and long overdue: one USB jack for every seat in the car.

  2. A multi-user Wi-Fi hotspot - this should help keep the kids occupied on those long trips!

  3. Autopilot hardware built in. Self-driving cars will mean that there are fewer accidents on the road, at least theoretically. This is due to the fact that a number of car accidents are caused by negligent drivers.

Woman reading in a self-driving car

  1. Three rows – especially in mid-size crossover or SUV vehicles

A car with 3 rows of seats inside

  1. Hydrogen may be part of the long-term future for cars. hydrogen as its onboard fuel for motive power.

  2. Expect to see car brands offer an electric, a hybrid, and a plug-in hybrid version of their models:

plug in hybrid