Each year automobile technology becomes more advanced. Many of the features that are now standard in vehicles seemed like science fiction ten years ago. Car technology shows no signs of slowing down in 2017. Below are six of the most important trends to look out for.
Cars That Communicate
Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication gives vehicles the ability to share data with each other. For example, a vehicle can gather data on weather conditions or accidents and report its findings to another vehicle. Next year Cadillac CTS sport sedans will come equipped with this feature. V2V also gives vehicles the ability to “platoon.” Platooning is when multiple vehicles ride in close proximity to one another without any accidents.
Audi is another manufacturer that uses similar software. V2X is the ability for a vehicle to communicate with nearly anything. Some Audi vehicles can communicate with traffic lights. The lights tell vehicles when it is safe to turn or when it is time to stop. At the moment traffic lights in Las Vegas have the ability to communicate with vehicles.
The End Of Diesel Fuel
Since the Volkswagen scandal diesel sales have dropped worldwide. However, some car manufacturers plan to test whether consumers are still interested in diesel vehicles. Next year Chevrolet and Mazda will offer diesel versions of the Cruze and CX-9, respectively. The vehicles will be some of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the market that aren’t hybrids. Whether consumers are still interested in diesel vehicles, though, remains a mystery.
Self-driving vehicles have been in the news for the past couple of years, but in 2017 the technology will become even more widespread. Google has teamed up with Fiat Chrysler, and the car manufacturer plans to produce Pacifica minivans for Google’s self-driving car project. While Google doesn’t have any plans to sell their minivans to the public, the company plans to use the fleet of vehicles to further test self-driving.
More Electric Vehicles
The Chevrolet Bolt will be one of the most affordable electric cars that consumers have seen. One charge will give the vehicle the ability to travel over 230 miles. The Kia Soul, Volkswagen e-Golf, and Tesla 3 are also increasing the range that they can drive. As a result of these developments, it’s likely that electric vehicles will become more mainstream in 2017.