How is Today’s Technology Paving the Way for the Cars of Tomorrow?
Despite many concerns and cautionary tales, the innovative technology built today will be well-suited for the cars of tomorrow. Whether it’s switching modes across different weather conditions, adapting to environmental changes, or detecting roadwork, the technology built today will transform the experience on the roads tomorrow.
Thanks to in-car displays, navigation can travel effortlessly from the phone to the car. The act of looking at a display singlehandedly enhances the driving experience unlike the distraction of looking at a smart phone while driving. While self-driving cars may still have their ups and downs on the road, such capabilities will see greater success in navigating stationery objects in parking situations. And, a car that can successfully park itself will be welcomed by its user.
The Car is Becoming a Part of the User’s Device Ecosystem.
Integration of existing voice assistants into the car allow the user to control other parts of his ecosystem through his or her vehicle. Having your lights at home turn on as you approach, being able to remotely turn off the stove or lock the front door are all creating a connected, seamless and continuous everyday environment.
“It is critical for strategists, innovators, designers and automakers to remember that change, no matter how momentous, must be slow, measured and deeply rooted in empathy if we truly want the vehicles and the technology of the future to be adopted and embraced."
Vice President and Global Head, User Experience
HUEMEN, HARMAN International
A Car with a Mind of its Own
The world is starting to create cars with greater intuition. Automakers are beginning to explore the possibilities of collecting and using physiological data to aid the driver. With cameras that can track eye movement, blink rate, infrequency of motion, heart rate, or other types of driver or occupant monitoring, the car may be able to detect states of tiredness, lethargy and anxiety to offer suggestions on the fly. These innovations naturally come together with some apprehension, which begs the following question…
In what situations do you not want control taken away from you?
It might be useful for the car to detect when a driver is too cold and automatically point the AC vents away—instead of forcing the him/her to fumble with the vents. But when it comes to primary driver functions, a user may still want the tangible satisfaction of pressing down on an accelerator or turning the steering wheel.
When one imagines the car of the future, it almost always involves an impressive HUD overlaying one’s windshield view. Drivers can now buy inexpensive devices that can project their smartphone displays onto their windshield, so they don’t have to look away from the road. Pre-defined HUD Systems are installed in many of today’s vehicles—especially in the luxury car market.
Intelligent enough to personalize its user’s experience.
From being able to detect different inhabitants, learning music preferences, adjusting temperature, seating and mirror positioning, setting up your car to suit your taste is easier than ever with the ability to create presets.
Just as humans have made the transition from phones to smartphones to voice assistants, change is possible. Human beings are built for adaptation and are capable of easily adjusting to new interactive profiles in s seamless manner—while reaping the many benefits of advance technology. For more information on Automotive UI & HMI Design capabilities provided by HARMAN’s Design Agency - HUEMEN, click here.