Alright, it’s future tech time. Cars today are more high-tech, complicated and durable than at any point in automotive history. And like with any forward-looking industry, the automotive sector is always finding ways to cram more innovation into the vehicles we drive. As engineers work on electric cars and self-driving cars, they are also hard at work on a slew of technologies that, by 2020, will make the vehicles we drive true marvels of futuristic engineering. Here is a list of 10 far out technologies coming to cars everywhere in the next five years.
15. Smartwatch Integration
Being able to use a smartwatch on your wrist to control your car is closer than you think. Currently, there are a number of apps available that allow people to use their smartphone to perform functions with their car, including unlocking the doors and sounding the alarm. But engineers at automotive companies are now looking at smartwatches and wearable technology to help remotely control vehicles. At Hyundai, for example, they are using Android Wear apps to enable people to perform a number of remote automotive features, including starting and shutting off the engine, locking and unlocking the doors, flashing the lights and sounding the horn and alarm. The Android Wear app can also help people find their car and call for roadside assistance. Extra cool is the fact that many of these functions can be performed via voice commands on the smartwatch. Kind of like Dick Tracy talking into his wrist watch.