Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava FACULTY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
TECHNOLOGIES WORKING TOGETHER: CARS, COMPUTERS AND ELECTRONICS
1.Introduction 2.Connected cars 3.The Future of Tyre Design 4.Bmw Adaptive Headlights
5.Augmented reality Head-Up display 6.The Porsche Mission E with a holographic dashboard. 7.Tesla's autopilot system. 8.Nissan unveiled a steering wheel that transforms into a tablet. 9.Enhanced gesture control
The rise of robots
In the technology world, the latest advancement is only as good as the next thing coming down the line. The auto industry is constantly bringing us new technologies, whether it be for safety, entertainment, usefulness or simply for pure innovation.
Many new car technologies are either specifically built for safety or at least have some sort of safety focus to them. Some of the latest car innovations we've found are some truly exciting technologies that could revolutionize not just the automotive industry but human transportation in general.
Technological improvements in computers, smartphones, wireless communications and the cloud have converged to advance safety for connected consumers. Connectivity and the internet are changing the world of autos, and more change is coming. The percentage of new passenger cars globally shipping with factory-installed telematics will increase from nearly 10 percent in 2010 to 62 percent in 2016.
Looking forward, cars may soon be “talking” to each other and to the roadway. Car-tocar information sharing can alert vehicles miles behind that cars ahead have come to a halt, warning drivers to prepare to slow down. “Smart” intersections will allow stop signs and traffic lights to communicate with vehicles, as sensors report if another vehicle is running a red light. Traffic lights could be synchronized to improve traffic flow — and fuel efficiency — and if there is only one vehicle sitting at a traffic light late at night, the light could be programmed to turn green.
The Future of Tyre Design
The high performance tyre of the future will be very different to the tyres we drive on today, if the results of a recent design competition are a guide. A Hankook Tire competition in the US has challenged some of the country's brightest industrial design students to imagine the role of tyres in automotive design from new angles.
Airless tires are the next generation of tires waiting to take over the world. Recently,Hankook iFlex tire underwent a series of high speed tests and that has helped us take a step closer to a future where tires without air would become a reality.
The iFlex went through tests in five different categories; slalom, stability, hardness, durability and speed. An electric car was used for the tests and the team was able to get 130km/h from it without causing any damage to the tires. The iFlex was also able to match performance of any conventional tire during all these tests. The company has, so far, not released any more details of the tests though.
The airless tire is still in testing phase, however, one can’t deny that these tires offer a much better future. These tires do not pick up punctures and are also able to cut down on emissions during production and subsequent recycling.