Top 10 Innovations in Automobile Industry.
On the onset of winter break, on December 23, Google announced its first fully functional driverless car, which is ready for testing on public roads. Prior to this, the Internet giant developed various prototypes that lacked on different fundamental and functional aspects.
2. Automated Manual Transmission (AMT)
3. V2V Communication
Top carmakers such as Ford and Hyundai have developed a pre-collision assist and pedestrian detection technology. Besides helping the driver detect blind spots, this technology also alerts the driver when he/she is not paying attention on the road. And if the driver falls asleep and does not respond to the warning, then the system applies the brakes on its own. The driver assist system has two types of sensors.
If the driver fails to react, the car will automatically begin breaking itself to prevent or reduce the severity of a crash. This technology will debut in 2015 with Ford Mondeo in Europe. Hyundai would introduce it ..
In 2014, Ford unveiled the first aluminium-bodied full-size pickup, rolling out aluminium version of its popular F-150 from its Dearborn plant. It is 700 pounds or about 318 kg lighter than the steel-bodied version, making it a more fuel-efficient and nimbler pickup.
In November, the world witnessed the first ever bus to run on human waste on the roads of Britain. According to researchers, the bus can provide a sustainable way of fuelling public transport — cutting emissions in polluted towns and cities.
In April, Tata -owned JLR introduced a new technology to give drivers a digital vision of the terrain ahead by making the front of the car ‘virtually’ invisible. The technology — named Transparent Bonnet — enables a driver climbing a steep incline or manoeuvring in a confined space to see an augmented reality view capturing not only the terrain in front of the car but also the angle and position of the front wheels.