CAR TECH THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND

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WOW (Women on Wheels) - - CONTENTS - BY JULIET MCGUIRE

VOLVO LEADS THE PACK

Volvo’s lat­est ver­sion of Pi­lot As­sist is able to take care of brak­ing, ac­cel­er­a­tion and steer­ing for semi­au­tonomous driv­ing up to 130 km/h, pro­vided there are clear lane mark­ings. It’s an as­sis­tance sys­tem – so it’s not de­signed for the driver to sit back and fold their arms – but it re­ally makes the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence su­perbly re­lax­ing. The best bit is that this cut­ting-edge semi-au­ton­o­mous driv­ing tech­nol­ogy is a re­al­ity and it’s avail­able as stan­dard on all Volvo XC90s as well as on all S90s and the just-launched V90 CC. Watch the in­spi­ra­tional video of this in­cred­i­ble tech­nol­ogy at womenon­wheels.co.za

JAGUAR LAND ROVER MAKES “BIKE SENSE”

Jaguar Land Rover is de­vel­op­ing Bike Sense that will tap the driver on the shoul­der and ring a bi­cy­cle bell in­side the car to help pre­vent ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing bi­cy­cles and mo­tor­bikes. Even door han­dles will buzz to pre­vent the door be­ing opened in the path of a biker. Go to wom­e­onon­wheels to view a video of this great tech.

TOY­OTA SUP­PORTS MO­BIL­ITY SO­LU­TIONS FOR THE DIS­ABLED

Toy­ota has joined forces with the DEKA Re­search & De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion to sup­port mo­bil­ity so­lu­tions for the dis­abled. One of the prod­ucts un­der de­vel­op­ment is the rev­o­lu­tion­ary iBOT mo­torised wheel­chair with two sets of pow­ered wheels that can be ro­tated to al­low the user to “walk” up and down stairs. The wheel­chair per­mits users to rise from a sit­ting level to six feet in height and travel in this “stand­ing” con­fig­u­ra­tion, and is ca­pa­ble of trav­el­ling through a wide va­ri­ety of ter­rain types. Watch the video of this tech at womenon­wheels.co.za

AUDI’S “JACK” CON­SID­ERS OTHER DRIV­ERS “Jack” is the in­ter­nal nick­name for the Audi A7 pi­loted driv­ing-con­cept-tech­nol­ogy plat­form which now con­sid­ers other driv­ers on the road. It passes trucks with a slightly wider lat­eral gap and sig­nals up­com­ing lane changes, just like a hu­man driver would to in­di­cate their in­ten­tions. The co-op­er­a­tive at­ti­tude of “Jack” is es­pe­cially ap­par­ent when other ve­hi­cles want to merge into the lane, such as on an ex­press­way. Here the test car de­cides – based on the se­lected driv­ing pro­file – whether to ac­cel­er­ate or brake, depend­ing on which ac­tion is best suited to han­dling the traf­fic sit­u­a­tion har­mo­niously for all road users. Pi­loted-driv­ing re­search cars from Audi are al­ready be­ing in­cor­po­rated into the de­sign of the new in­fra­struc­ture. Test oper­a­tion should be­gin in 2018.

THE FU­TURE OF THE CAR CABIN

Cab­ins are be­com­ing more like per­sonal as­sis­tants. At the re:pub­lica con­fer­ence in Brazil, Bosch pre­dicted just what fu­ture cab­ins will look like. Larger touch­screens will keep you con­nected to the out­side world and will in­clude video con­fer­enc­ing. The car will even be able to con­nect to your home, so you will be able to link to your se­cu­rity sys­tem and view the pa­ram­e­ters of house. A fin­ger­print sen­sor in the car will al­low you to open the front door re­motely, so a pack­age can be de­liv­ered to a sealed-off foyer.

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