Is Artificial Automotive Intelligence Already a Reality?

Imagine this scenario: you climb into your car to begin your morning commute to the office. You fasten your seat belt, start your vehicle, and begin driving. Before long, you’ve left your neighborhood behind and have merged onto the city streets. You take out your newspaper and begin reading, confident that your car will reach your destination without requiring any manual input from you.

What I’ve just described may seem laughably close to science fiction. In reality, the automotive technology needed to accomplish most of the above is already in development. Automakers are integrating artificial intelligence within their respective fleets that allow their vehicles to avoid traffic collisions, including those that involve pedestrians.

Below, we’ll explore a few of these “futuristic” technologies. I’ll describe how automobiles are communicating with other vehicles and the surrounding infrastructure in order to avoid accidents and reduce road congestion. You may be surprised by how close we are to enjoying a car-controlled driving experience.

Communicating And Networking

The main reason motorists get involved in accidents, heavy traffic conditions, and similar road problems is due to a lack of timely information. For example, another driver might run through a red light. That often results in a collision because other drivers are unprepared. Road congestion occurs because many motorists take the same streets. If they had access to information that warned them of traffic, many would take alternate routes.

A lot of automobiles are already equipped with devices that communicate with other vehicles. For example, lane change warning systems use sensors to identify the presence of other cars. If you attempt to move into a lane occupied by another, the system will either warn you, apply braking power, or influence steering control.

This type of technology is being used (on an experimental platform) to allow cars to communicate and network with buildings, traffic lights, and other infrastructure. Data is shared among them to help motorists avoid collisions and congestion.

The Automotive Safety Net

Adaptive cruise control systems already apply braking power given a driver’s proximity to objects in his or her path. A few automakers are using that same technology to add an additional level of safety.

Sensors and radar technology are installed within the automobiles. These devices scan the landscape and note the positions of other vehicles. If necessary, the computer will apply the brakes to prevent a collision. If a collision is unavoidable, the computer will adjust the seats to minimize the impact felt by the motorist.

A Little Help Steering

The technology used in lane change warning systems is being expanded to give more steering control to automobiles. For example, if you drift into another lane without engaging your turn indicator, your car’s computer can apply the brakes on one side. That will slowly move your vehicle back into your lane. It won’t be long before such technology enables your car to make turns and parallel park on its own.

While a fully automated driving experience is still decades away, automakers are designing robust systems that reduce the level of input required from us. In our lifetime, we are likely to witness a significant evolution in automotive intelligence.

Reasons You Should Own An Automotive Scan Tool

As the progress of science is continuous, it seems that automotive diagnosis and repair are more difficult and complicated. Recent advances in an automotive technology have eliminated many physical moving parts and linkages. Advanced technologies have replaced them with electrical devices and wires. Their jobs are not visible to the naked eye. Just seeing, hearing, or touching the parts to try to find the problem are out-of-date way of diagnosis. Modern vehicles seem cold and scary looking expensive machine when you deal with problems. But actually, they are not. They can show you a lot of detailed and precise information, current status and when problems occur they tell you what and where the problems are. All you need is an automotive scan tool to communicate with your car.

Here are reasons you should own an automotive scan tool.

Modern automobile computer systems are very sensitive. The computer can sense a small abnormality. It is so small that a driver can’t notice. Even if it happens only one time in the last 100 times of key cycles, check engine light comes on and tells a driver that the problem may exist. In this case, all you need to do is clear the light and see if the light comes back on. You should think about going to auto mechanic shop and having it repaired if the light comes back on.

Most auto repair shops have their own scan tool that sometimes cost several thousands. They have to pay for the gigantic and expensive equipment and mechanics who do the job. So they need to charge for diagnosis. Some shops do it for free of charge but that is only for reading codes, not diagnosing. If you have one you can do it yourself. That saves a lot of your time.

As automotive technology is developing, automotive scan tools have more features, more compact and most importantly, less expensive. The scan tools used to need different connectors for different makes or models. The connectors got standardized, which means you can use the same scanner for any car, regardless of make, model, import or domestic. Most budget ones can fit in the glove box. Although they have small displays they shows you code’s numbers and descriptions, and readings of vehicle sensors. Sometimes, it has testing features. And some of them make it possible that you use your laptop or cell phone as a scan tool.

Even if you own an automotive scan tool, sometimes your car ends up in a repair shop anyway. But by having one for your own, you won’t need to go to repair shops as often as you do now. I bet you.

Alternative Fuel Cars – The Future of Automotive Technology

The future of technology in terms of fuel consumption in the average automobile is slowly changing to allow for the development of more fuel economic, energy efficient, and even alternatively fueled vehicles alternatively fueled vehicles. While it may be a long time before alternative fuel cars are used as a commonplace means of transportation around the world, the technologies that may be used in place of the standard combustion engine are already reaching a form by which the average person may expect to see some of these technologies in their vehicles on the road very soon.

One of the technologies generating the most buzz in the automotive world is the possibility of using water as a way of powering a vehicle, and with good reason. Salt water, which is the type of water that has been used in numerous experiments about the viability of burning water as a fuel, is the most abundant natural resource available to us here on Earth, as we are almost seventy percent water on this planet. The experiments that have been conducted on the water have been somewhat successful on a smaller scale, but larger scale use in vehicles may be something that could be a long time down the road.

In the short term, the most viable automotive technology for alternative fuels may be electricity. Many automotive developers have been generating a lot of different methods of using electricity in a vehicle as an alternative to the use of fossil fuels to power transportation. While an electric car would be a great technology to have in a vehicle, the reality is that most of the electricity generated worldwide is done so thanks to the use of other non-renewable resources, like coal or natural gas. If an alternative means of generating electricity is also put into effect by generating companies, the viability of the electric vehicle would greatly increase.

Whether using water or electricity as the means of fueling the vehicle, the technology of an alternative fuel as a means of driving a vehicle can only be as effective if there is a commitment to mass producing the technology on a consumer level. If these vehicles are made with a price that can appeal to the average consumer, and at a level of technology that the average consumer can maintain, or at least understand, on their own, only then can the mass acceptance and use of these alternative fuels in vehicles be realized.