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The newest and the most advanced infotainment system and technological features have a furious battle in the car industry today. The different car manufacturers are trying to develop such systems and enhanced their previous one just to be more viable in the market as well as bringing comfort to the passengers. One of the most known producers of good cars with reliable system, Mercedes Benz, is trying to bring their infotainment system into the next level. Cracking into the next generation of infotainment system is a plan that Mercedes will bring in the upcoming years. And this system is called the COMMAND, i-Drive or MMI. 3D technology is one of their future concepts in infotainment system as they are involved in researching 3D displays that could cover for potential systems. Unlike the previous voice commands, Mercedes engineers are working on voice commands with natural transcriptions. In just a simple command, anything would they say, in emails, text message or browsing. The new feature that they are trying to develop is the gesture control – handwriting recognition and gesture control for interior lighting.
Safety is one of the most important aspects when developing a car. In connection with this, Volvo is trying to develop a system that can detect an animal on the road and will automatically brake to avoid collision. This concept is planned to implement in a car to avoid accidents because of animals. The system is based on a pedestrian detection with full auto brake design.
It needs a radar sensor and an infrared camera for this system to record traffic signals and situations. The team also makes sure that it can be used in the night as most of the accidents take place at dawn and dusk as well as the dark winter months. They have targeted that the system will operate in the normal rural highway speeds. Just in case the driver can’t entirely avoid the collision, the system has that capacity to slow down the car to avoid huge impact and serious injuries. The teams are now having their research about the different animals and their behavioral patterns at the safari park. Engineers are having some tests regarding the software, learn to recognize the animals and made some decision makings.
The technological improvements and software development brings every system in this generation to the next level. Ford is now developing a system that can detect or monitor the health of humans. With the help of health and medical companies, Ford researchers are trying their best to link and improved in-car systems to have the capability to scan human health. Through wireless technology such as bluetooth they have made a prototype that can synchronize glucose monitoring system and other allergies.
For glucose monitoring system, it is important for the people that has diabetes to know and monitor their glucose level as this may result to blurry vision and confusion that can cause accidents. In collaboration of Meditronic and Ford, they have made a device that has the ability to observe glucose level. The result will be displayed on the monitor and after checking, the online system will look for remedies. In terms of allergy system, they’ve made a device that can gather data on how much pollen around the car. This is a positive sign to all the people that has asthma and other respiratory illness.
Most of the car manufacturers nowadays are developing electric cars, thus other companies are trying to have a well-improved charging system. With the great teamwork of the New Zealand start-up HaloIPT and international engineering firm Arup, the system is having its first appearance UK; allowing electric cars to charge while they parked on the pad.
The company is aiming to have this system on the roads, garages and car parks to have easy access when a electric car needs to be charged. Information and statistics will surely be one of the materials in analyzing the ways on how the consumer uses this kind of systems. As the Chief Executive of HaloIPT Anthony Thomson said that one day, electric cars can do charging while running/driving. In addition, he said that it is just the first stage of a future charging technology as most of the people are adopting electric cars. Having an active charging gives electric car a big lift; totally avoiding the “stop and charge” factor using cables.