Future Cars are Smarter but Expensive

Innovations in cars is changing the simple features of the classic cars and increasing the cost of manufacturing them.

I can assure you that the keyless entry and the start, touch sensors and the augmented reality head sets in today’s cars are features I did not have in my first car in 1981.

If you’re old enough, you’ll remember the cars before power windows and CD players. I remember my first car well. It was a 1980 Honda Civic, and it had no features, no leather, no cupholder, and of course no cassette players. It wasn’t also fast!

Time have changed and so have the cars. Indeed, the innovations in cars is changing the simple features of the classic cars and increasing the cost of manufacturing them. In a recent study for PwC, the price amplifications of acquiring different digital equipments in cars and the need for expensive electronic parts and recruiting software engineers and technical talents is at least 20% greater than the old generations of cars costs.

The rate at which technology is reshaping personal and commercial cars and trucks accelerates every year, which will make the future high tech cars real and not fictions. Many of these technologies are either coming soon or already have. In few years, we’ll have cars capable in emergencies of applying the brakes even if the driver has not.

Most of the new technology advancements in today’s cars are in the interior, safety or entertainment. The autonomous car will change the concept of cars’s interiors. The front seat can face the back seat, so travelers can talk as they usually do at home while the car is driving. Soon we can see an active front glass capable of displaying images, and navigation system that will show the next street as we come close to it. Augmented reality displays will provide alerts, safety aids, and warn us using a screen embedded in the windshield. Most cars will be capable of pairing with our health wearable devices and in emergencies or if the driver is having heart attack, the cars can pull over and call 911.


The story is not different in commercial trucks. Self driving trucks or autonomous trucks, are almost in service and commercial transport companies started the process of redesigning new trucking system’s GPS that can learn to drive from human truckers . Arizona’s startup company embedded IBM’s Watson Internet of Things for Automotive into a driverless shuttle Olli, a bus manufactured by 3D printing that actually been tested on the streets of a shopping district just outside Washington.

What could happen next? Are we going to have a truck and SUV in one vehicle?

Can we choose our cars technologies before buying them? Soon we will know



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