The futuristic car interior ideas are always an interesting topic, especially when it comes to the car’s interior. How will we be traveling in the near and distant future? What are the current trends? What are some of our favorite futuristic technologies that would feel at home in a zippy new ride?
We’ve rounded up what we think are some of the best futuristic features currently available or close to being released.
Futuristic car Interiors
Our tour through the future begins with…
HUDs in cars
Heads up Displays, sometimes called HUD, are exactly what they sound like. A transparent display is built into the windshield of the car. Information is put onto this screen and projected so that it appears to float somewhere in front of you, closer than the actual dashboard of your car. If you’ve ever seen an airplane cockpit or played certain video games, you’re probably already familiar with this concept.
The HUD can show you all kinds of information while still being out of the way. There are many benefits to this, including helping you to focus on where you’re going while driving as well as relieving some stress from the driver. You don’t have to worry about looking down at your dashboard or searching for a button on your digital screen. Just glance up quickly and get what you need immediately.
One of the future trends in cars is Google Glass. The cars of the future will have a HUD built into them, and some cars already are in use. The Google Glass is a wearable computer that can be attached to a pair of glasses. The glasses let you see what’s happening while you’re driving in real-time, whether it’s GPS information and directions or seeing messages from phone calls or text messages.
A few cars are already out that use this technology. Google has partnered with Audi and they’ve come up with the new version of the Audi A8 that has the operating system for Google Glass built into the car. Drivers can access all sorts of information, including directions to their destination, by simple voice command. This is just one example individual car with unique futurist features built-in, which is something you’ll learn more about as we move along.
Bluetooth is a small device with various capabilities. Some of those include being able to talk hands-free on your cell phone while driving. This device is something that attaches to your car and allows you to keep your hands on the steering wheel rather than fumbling with your phone when you need to make a call or send a text message while driving. Some cars even have it built into the steering wheel itself, allowing you hands-free calls and texts without taking your eyes off the road.
Another common use of Bluetooth is to play music from your phone or other devices. This can be played through your car’s speakers or yours via headphones. The best feature? It can even have a backup vehicle locator feature built-in and will notify the authorities when you’re involved in an accident to help them find your car or if it becomes lost.
No longer a dream, this technology is already being used by major corporations and is gaining popularity with more commercial vehicle companies as well. Autonomous vehicles are cars that are self-driving, requiring no input from the driver. While there may be some debate about how safe these vehicles are (the statistics say they’re safer than a car driven by a human), they are certainly the future of transportation, and cars aren’t the only autonomous vehicles around.
Trucks have been operating this way for years and there’s talk about moving to these kinds of vehicles in other modes of transportation as well. The benefit of an autonomous vehicle? It’s safer. When the driver isn’t required to be in control of the vehicle, it’s less likely to be occupied by a distracted driver who is causing accidents on the road and there is a definite decrease in how many accidents occur with autonomous vehicles on board.
There’s no telling how technology will continue to advance in automobiles. We can expect to see incredible changes in-car technology as we move forward, and it’s exciting to be a part of it.