At the Consumer Electronics Show this year, automotive software companies and carmakers rolled out ideas for vehicles of the future. From the inspiring to the absurd, below are a few of car accessories which grabbed the headlines.
Panasonic introduced a car interior with 3 massive touch screens, along with another screen that can be used for instrument panel. However, most are of opinion that it might never pass the government regulations.
New concept dashboard from automotive supplier Delphi lets the drivers reorganize display on the instrument panel. In fact, drivers can enjoy several options, such as changing the display colors, adding an animated image of the vehicle, etc. If someone calls the driver, the picture of the caller can even be seen right there in the instrument panel. We can’t expect to see this definitely distracting feature in the near future though.
If you happen to be a potential Bentley buyer, for example, you may have a lot to anticipate, when any new feature or one of high-tech car accessories from the company comes in a new car. QNX, a Software company, introduced its latest infotainment system designed for a Bentley Continental. It features a massive screen right in the center of dashboard which could be configured to display a 3D navigation map, climate controls, audio displays and much more.
Eyes Free platform, Siri
Siri, all the iPhone users’ favorite incorporeal voice—joins Hyundai soon. Siri Eyes Free platform will be used by the carmaker into its new vehicles. If the driver has an iPhone with iOS 6 and above, they can use Siri’s help for reading and sending the text messages, just by pushing a button on steering wheel. They can also check stock prices and weather conditions, among many other things, without even losing their attention while driving.
Fortunately, many of the real-life features are already on the way. Porsche is going to be integrating smartphone-based infotainment service from Aha into its cars, which will enable drivers to select from over 30,000 channels, comprising social media, Internet radio, streaming content and audio books, all using a touch screen.
At CES, Chrysler showcased its enhanced Uconnect Access that is built in a WiFi hotspot, allowing you to start your vehicle’s engine, unlock the doors and flash your headlights distantly. It also offers voice-activated navigation.
All these new features and add-ons in vehicles along with the ones that are still to come, whether they add to the dashboard and navigation or just to car mats and doors, are mind-blowing. With these features available, driving will definitely be an experience above than any other.