You don’t have to be a very old person to have experienced many innovations between vehicles from other years and the most technological cars that we find today.
The main innovations are those that make the car safer , but there are also new features that have made it more comfortable, easier to drive, more efficient, less polluting, etc. But don’t think the news is over. On the contrary, there is still a lot to evolve, and for sure every year we will have more technological cars.
The auto industry invests millions in research each year to further advance vehicle technology. After all, we are talking about a sector of the economy where competition is fierce. If an automaker fails to renew and innovate in its products, it will be left behind, as the others will do so.
Ultimately, it is no different from other segments. Just as brands make more technological cars every year, aren’t cell phones, computers and video games being improved all the time?
At first, the technology created is accessible only to people with high purchasing power. Over the years, it has become popular until it ceases to be a differentiator.
Therefore, following the most technological cars of today is a way to anticipate some trends that, in time, will be present in all vehicles. And that is what you will see in this article.
The New Technologies of Cars Today
But what do the most technological cars currently bring? What technological innovations are we already seeing?
If we consider that there are hundreds of models launched annually by automakers worldwide, we will easily conclude that each month something new appears, no matter how small and insignificant it may be.
But if we consider only the technologies with the greatest potential impact on the auto industry, we can highlight connectivity and electric motors.
As for connectivity, the most technological cars have more and more intelligent on-board computers with possibilities for integration with the driver’s mobile devices .
This may be far from being a great novelty for many people, but the truth is that the constant evolution of these systems is fundamental to enable, in the future, other innovations that are already being considered.
In the case of electrically powered cars, it is the natural alternative to replace petroleum-based fuels.
In addition to having as raw material a very finite, these vehicles release into the atmosphere large amounts of gases of greenhouse effect .
Electric cars run on a battery, which is charged to an electrical power source. Nothing much different from your smartphone.
Of course, this is only a “green” alternative if the source of this energy is a clean and renewable source – which is also a concern for countries around the world.
In Brazil, the commercial viability of electric cars is still in its infancy. In the United States, on the other hand, the number of models with this type of engine has grown a lot, as well as the market share that the category has snapped up.
Those who are attentive to the development of new technologies may be wondering why we do not mention autonomous cars as well .
On the market, there are already vehicles with a semi-autonomous steering system, such as the Volvo XC90 , for example.
It has a steering assistant that keeps the vehicle on the road and at a safe distance from the vehicle in front, accelerating and braking alone – thanks to a system of cameras and sensors.
However, as for fully autonomous cars, projects by giants like Google, Tesla and Uber , they are not yet a reality.
In a recent article in the American magazine PC , columnist Doug Newcomb, an expert in automotive technology, cited research that shows that, today, humans are still better drivers than machines. “But technology is evolving, while humans are not,” he adds.
We will return to this subject later, in the topic “How the Technologies of the Cars of the Future Work”. In it, we will also return to address electric cars and connectivity.