Magnets. For centuries we’ve studied their wonderful forces of attraction and repulsion and implemented them into pretty much every available technology from computers to industrial power generator. But for many people magnets are still nothing more than clever little decorations used for pinning grocery lists and scholastic achievements to their refrigerator. So to help magnets get the recognition and credit they truly deserve, we’ve put together a list of some of the ways they’re poised to change our lives for the better in the near future.
5. Smart Roads For Self-Driving Cars
Tech companies and startups everywhere are currently racing to bring driverless vehicles to market. In order to help make sure that our roads are ready for the mass arrival of robot cars, some companies have taken it upon themselves to research ways to update the existing infrastructure. In 2014, Volvo announced it had completed a research project that demonstrated the advantages of embedding magnetic sensors in roads. The purpose of the magnets is to help guide self-driving cars. Researchers believe that they have an advantage over existing technologies, such as GPS, which can sometimes become unreliable or inoperable under certain conditions.