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Old 9th August 2015, 12:19   #16
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Originally Posted by Stigissimo View Post
Great thread!

Self driving cars seem to be a hot thing right now. While this tech is quite far away in its full implementation, vehicles like the Tesla Model S and the S Class do capture a semblance of its potential even today. The ability to 'read' the road, other drivers, signs etc. combined with access to the so-called 'Internet of Things' is likely to make this a very relevant convenience and safety feature in the near future. Google's self driving car and Audi's road tripping RS7 might just be case studies, but they show what's possible. I for one am quite excited to see where we go with this.
Its the laws that prevent the cars from driving themselves. The 2016 E-class will be autonomous ready but the system is deliberately set to be controlled by driver using sensors on the steering wheel which will give alarm if the driver takes his hands off for too long.

Various car makers are making legal agreements with the adminstrations to trial their autonomous cars on road.
One such project is the Volvo's Drive Me - which will see 100 self-driving Volvo cars will use public roads in everyday driving conditions around the Swedish city of Gothenburg..

Originally Posted by venkyhere View Post
i think the most useful feature that can easily come down to all vehicles (not just cars) is cornering headlamps (just the direction change with steering input - not the adaptive ones) - especially in india, will be a very practical feature that will avoid lots of accidents
Available in Volvo cars in India.
A general lack of interest in the safety related features is the primary reason why these kind of tech. is not more popular.
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Talking about future tech in general, there is a new tech in the making.

Electronic Sun Visor: A corporate research project at Volkswagen is developing an electronic anti-glare system using an electronic matrix within the glass controlled by a computer to block the rays. A sun status sensor and a sensor that determines the eye position of the driver both feed signals to the computer, which calculates the point of sunlight entry within the viewing angle of the driver's eyes. The computer then produces a dark "spot" in the glass electronic matrix to block sunlight at that location (similar to the automatic darkening of rear-view mirrors). The spot moves across the windshield as the car changes direction.

No we'll not see this tech in cheaper cars just yet but we might see its debut in some luxury cars soon. How cool is that?
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One miss is the dual clutch technology for faster upshifts in Automatics. Speaking of which, an auto gearbox should be available across all cars.

Also a convenience feature of heated or colled seats would be a boon for most cities in India.
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