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Technavio just released its analysis on the automotive industry. They say that companies should better stick to four emerging trends if they want to see a positive outlook for 2016 up to 2020. Here are the so-called trends according to Technavio analysts:
- HDC combined with GPS-assisted cruise control.
Luxury cars are already using these but the other providers could also benefit from it. This can improve fuel efficiency in vehicles as well as control the vehicle’s descent for downhill paths. With the GPS in place, it will make it easier for the driver to see what’s up ahead.
- Terrain profiling system.
Jaguar has already found a way for their cars to identify the surface of the route being travelled. This technology is coupled with 3D path sensing. Both of these systems can be used to automate the settings of the car based on its current environment, no longer needing manual intervention from the driver. The technology will be really helpful for drivers that often need to travel in locations that experience rains and have terrains that are challenging to navigate.
- Shifting to the use of regenerative braking system.
Regular braking systems have been proven to waste a lot of energy that could have been used to power up the car itself. In comparison, regenerative braking systems offer longer battery life for the car because the energy that is often lost on regular braking systems is instead stored back in the battery. These are often used by electrical cars but just imagine the energy saved by using them too on conventional cars.
- Connected all-terrain driving systems.
It is now possible to have vehicle-to-vehicle communications, thanks to the help of dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) technology. However, the technology is limited because of compatibility issues. There is now a movement where governments and the academia are proposing the standardization of such types of transportation systems. The automotive industry should watch out for its arrival.