It is becoming widely recognized that future car technology is strongly driven by the need for greater security, safety, and ever-growing intelligence as we move toward autonomy. Additionally, this information will be mostly delivered via software.
However, these changes are not isolated from the more traditional issues of competition in the market, economics, and other forms of management. In addition, these requirements must be considered within the context of an ever-connected world.
It is widely accepted that the transition to a new world will require fundamental shifts in architecture and models of supply chains. The automotive industry is expected to change away from the present model of networked CAN (Controller Area Network) closed ECUs (Engine Control Units) to an open network that is programmed to function as the car.
In the view of Pascal Brier, Altran Group Executive Vice-President and responsible for innovation, it’s a disruptive technology. The future car is near! Here are the key features.
Electric was the first technology that revolutionized cars. When it first came out in the early 1990s, experts predicted a specific usage – in public transport as an example. In contrast to the expectations, electric vehicles are gradually becoming a necessity across all market segments.
It has a myriad of technological benefits, and its claimed historical weaknesses, like autonomy (600 kilometers for the new Tesla, for instance) as well as road performance, do not apply anymore.
This trend was amplified by the environmental obligation to cut down on carbon dioxide emissions. In the coming years, more robust electric engines, or electrical ones, will eventually replace the conventional internal combustion engine.
It’s the most stunning revolution. In the near future, automobiles will be able to function without drivers. ” This development will be in stages: we start without feet and then do without hands and eventually without eyes,” Pascal Brier says. Pascal Brier.
The initial two stages are already completed. Control of cruise has been in use for a number of years. Drivers can choose the speed of their cruise and then remove their pedals from their feet. Some cars also have assistive systems for drivers that allow drivers to remove their hands from the steering wheel during certain situations like traffic jams and parking, for example.
Next step? 100% autonomy. Engineers are working on replacing human eyes with a variety of sensors, cameras, and lasers that reproduce the surroundings in 3D and enable the vehicle to make decisions about navigation on its own. The technology is a hit thanks to Google as well as its official Google automobile. The majority of manufacturers are now looking into autonomous vehicles and are in the process of conducting important tests on roads.