The automotive industry has evolved massively in recent years, seeing the modern-day car able to do far more than drive and park.
FREMONT, CA: Automotive manufacturers are now working together with tech companies to redefine the way cars are manufactured, operated, and maintained, seeing them become large smart devices with the likes of advanced emergency braking capabilities, and better fuel efficiency mapping technology for autonomous driving. The number of people working in the automotive industry has grown strongly over the past five years, with an expected 23,000 job openings over the coming five years, and many are transitioning into the role of skilled technicians.Here are four areas of automotive technology that are changing the face of the industry, making it an exciting and engaging industry to work within.
Self-driving and autonomous technology
While most of the people are still quite a way from widely adopting completely self-driving cars, a number already have semi-autonomous driver-assisted technologies. This includes automatic-braking sensors, mapping technology that monitors blind spots, cameras in the back and front of a car, motorway lane sensors, adaptive cruise control, and self-parking capabilities. Nowadays, many modern cars feature autonomous systems like Autonomous Emergency Braking, which uses radar, cameras, and lidar technology to assess the road ahead.
Cars go 3-Dimensional
Companies are working on digital dashboard technology that could make three-dimensional displays a reality. Aimed at improving safety by making critical alerts stand out from regular dashboard notifications, this kind of technology could be used to show better owners where their car is concerning obstacles.
This kind of technology also paves the way for more straightforward navigation for drivers. Currently, an in-car GPS can typically show a 3D perspective on a flat display; however, an accurate 3-D display could make pinpointing the drivers' exact location – and which direction to take next – more understandable.
Greater car connectivity
With computers becoming more central to the mass production of automobiles, the capacity for user interactivity has increased enormously. Today, every car produced has some onboard computer that controls a wide range of functions.
In the year 2016, more than 2 million electric vehicles were sold globally, and this number is expected to increase as more automotive manufacturers embrace electric vehicle technology to their fold. This has predominantly been brought on by increasing consumer demand for cars that are more environmentally friendly and cost-efficient.