1. Active Safety Systems
Active safety systems will include radar and cameras that watch for danger.
2. Keyless Entry
Credit-card style systems will replace car keys.
3. Navigation Systems
Every new car will have computer-like dashboard screens displaying navigation
systems that employ global positioning satellites and onboard DVDs to provide
drivers with directions, maps, and other information.
4. Wi-Fi Hookups
Almost every vehicle will have Wi-Fi hookups that provide weather reports, new,
and other information.
5. Data Collection
Vehicles will be able to collect data that can be shared with dealers, manufacturers,
and other vehicles to help service personnel perform remote diagnostics and
troubleshoot for a broken down motorist.
6. Onboard Cameras
Onboard cameras will help detect blind spots, while helping parents watch their
kids. Many vehicles will have cameras installed in the front bumper to help drivers
"see" around corners.
7. 40-volt Electrical Systems
Forty-volt electrical systems will become standard to accommodate the new
8. Voice Commands
Voice commands will become common and necessary in order to operate the various
functions in cars.
9. Electronic Pedals
Brake-by-wire and accelerate-by-wire pedals send an electronic signal rather
than activating a physical connection to the engine and brakes. Emergency brake
handles will be replaced by electronic switches.
10. Programmable Vehicles
Vehicles will be increasingly programmable. Drivers of the new Audi A8, for
example, can change a car;s ride by raising and lowering road clearance.