In 1945, a blind engineer named Ralph Teetor invented cruise control, the popular automobile feature that most modern citizens can’t live without. Since that time, cruise control systems and their technology have evolved into even “smarter” technologies called adaptive cruise control (ACC). ACC employs radar sensor technology to automatically adjust a vehicle’s speed based on its surroundings. In support of collision avoidance, a car with ACC automatically slows down if it senses that the car in front of it is too close. Patented by General Motors in 1991, this technology, which was once reserved for luxury vehicles alone, is far more common, having been embraced by the likes of Honda, Subaru and Kia Motors.
In the age of the connected car, it’s hard to believe that just two centuries ago, Francois Isaac de Rivaz invented the first internal combustion engine that would later fit into an automobile. From Charles Kettering to Ralph Teetor, innovators across the decades have improved upon the original model—adding seat belts, power steering, cruise control, power locks and keyless ignition, for example. And more modern innovations are proving to be especially impactful, offering a host of positive safety implications. Today’s cars are more powerful, efficient, automated and connected. The contemporary car is enhanced with automated vehicle technology features that have the computing power of 20 PCs, according to McKinsey & Company.
Winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Economics, William S. Vickery introduced the U.S. to the concept of electronic toll collection (ETC) in the early 1960s. When birthing his brainchild, Vickery had to fight hard to convince Americans that this seemingly complicated method of toll payment would improve the existing system. Today, after seeing the fruits of his labor in play on roadways across the country, few would argue against Vickery’s vision.
One digital security expert believes the best way car manufacturers can keep consumers safe is by continually trying to hack their own products. In fact, he argues, the more hacker tests automakers conduct, the safer their customers will be. Here’s why: http://ubm.io/1ZmZJ72
Multinational connected car automakers face an astonishing legal and regulatory maze, which, for better or worse, often slows innovation. Adopting unified, self-regulatory standards – protecting data privacy, while powering connected cars and autonomous vehicle communications – may be the fastest way to get connected cars on the road, globally. Bloomberg BNA spoke to several automotive executives to find out why: http://www.bna.com/unified-connected-cars-n57982072473/
What are the hottest new car technologies? Lane departure warnings, limited self-driving modes, automatic braking and other technologies are already ascendant; autonomous vehicle technologies are coming soon to a roadway near you. Here’s where things are headed – fast: http://usat.ly/24nD7dA