CAR TECH THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND
This is what you can look forward to
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.