Now that 2015 is over, tech giants and entrepreneurs everywhere are on the lookout for what’s going to be the next big thing in 2016. As is the case with many new innovations that get turned into consumer products, the initial cost of most of these modernizations will likely be very expensive. So to help you figure out what you might want to start saving your money for in the new year, we’ve compiled this collection of 11 incredible inventions that might be coming soon to a store near you.
11. Autonomous Vehicles
Automotive manufacturers are gearing up for the age of the driverless car. Google has already demonstrated its self-driving car technology and now Ford is investing heavily in autonomous systems as well. According to CEO Mark Fields, Ford is gathering top talent from tech companies and universities around Silicon Valley in an effort to get its autonomous cars ready for the road in 2016.
Autonomous vehicles sense their surroundings using techniques such as radar, image sensing, GPS and computer vision. Advanced Control Systems (ACS) then interpret this sensory information and identify appropriate navigation paths, avoiding any obstacles and obeying all road signs along the way. Some autonomous vehicles will also update their maps based on sensory input, allowing the vehicles to keep track of their position even when conditions change or when exploring uncharted territory.