So we have all seen those futuristic movies telling us what life will be like in 2035. With the technological advances in driving happening so quickly it might not be long before we see the hovering cars in Star Wars and Back to the Future. A more realistic and very conceivable goal is that cars could be talking to one another by the end of the decade!
It’s been estimated that around a fifth of all cars will be able to communicate with other another. So far, research has found that 20% of all cars on the road will be able to speak to and inform a computer of its location. There is also the potential to even ‘talk’ with other cars and let them know of their location.
It’s been found in a study by Juniper Research that the USA, India and China are the leaders in this sector. Technological developments in this area are also being helped along by advances in smartphone technology across the world.
There are so many great reasons for this development in particular. The increase in connected cars could help business and governments deal with congestion more effectively. Costly and time consuming traffic jams regularly cost industry billions of pounds every year. This is both in the UK and internationally, naturally being able to avoid these build ups could also lead to huge savings across the board. Aside from that, who likes traffic anyways? Until then, most of us will need to rely on choosing the right short cuts and driving skills to get to where we want to be on time!
The initial move to talking and communicative cars is expected to be lead by business users, this is company van fleets and utility vehicles. We could think of this as an experiment on a large scale when it comes to connected cars. Once these unofficial trials have been found to be successful, the same technology could be found in private cars. However, private cars will follow suite as something called ‘Smart’ cities are created. This is a group of towns and cities where a central computer knows where every vehicle is. The central computer will also know the route and be able to plan ahead to avoid traffic build-up. Smart cities will also be able to do other things too, they will be able to manage parking, help direct drivers to the nearest suitable space to where they want to get too. They will also make sure that parking spaces are occupied as much as possible to reduce the pressure on car parks. There may even be scope to help stop driving related crime?
Despite there being some very good aspects to these new developments, how comfortable do we feel with the idea of a central computer knowing where we are at all times? There will undoubtedly be mixed feelings about this. However, this technology is still a way off yet so there is still some time to get our heads around it.