Having done a little research and put some thoughts in to what type of car the future will produce and what types of new features that are out there which will dominate the automobile industry in years to come, I came across my favorite feature that I think will be implemented sooner rather than later. Car to car communication.
After internet access (WiFi) becomes available in most cars – which I think will be sooner rather than later, I believe the next big car safety feature will be car to car communication. This system uses radio signals to transmit a vehicle’s position, heading, speed and other information 10 times per second, and it would receive the same data from other vehicles. The vehicle’s computer would alert the driver to an impending collision, and some systems could automatically brake.
This, in my opinion will provide huge safety benefits for millions of drivers. The Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx estimated that this technology could prevent up to 80% of incidents that do not include drunk driving and mechanical faults.
I can see this being a feature of the futuristic car, however before it is present in every vehicle in the road I can see a couple issues arising; firstly, some drivers may be relying on this technology too much so do not pay as much attention to the road as they are trusting the person in front who may not use the signaling system or may not have it installed into their car. Another issue I can also see occurring is the misuse of the technology, there may be people out there who will send wrong signals to the vehicles around them which can be potentially dangerous to other road users. Overall, I think if taken seriously and installed in most cars around the country this safety feature could be a huge success and at a cost of $100-$200 it is not the most expensive when it comes to buying a safe car.