It’s good to look back and reflect, but as New Year approaches, I just can’t help but feel that the future is now. What’s next, what’s soon to come? What’s in the works, what’s a dream? Anyone who loves cars can tell you that it’s been a massive year, but much of 2015 was laying groundworks for the future, so, what are some of coolest things coming next year?
I’m glad you asked!
First off, there may soon be a place in your car for your phone. Apple and Google are both competing as customers seek a tighter integration between their smartphones and the vehicles they drive. GM will be bringing both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with it’s four brands and at least a dozen models next year, as well as their current systems. Honda is also jumping on board as Toyota uses a separate system, and Ford keeps a foot on each platform, adding Apple’s Siri Eyes Free service to their Sync 3.
Next, there may be big changes to the engines that power our beasts. Mazda has been pushing to have a smaller engine with more power, and they’ve made progress with their Skyactiv engines, which use higher compression ratios to improve its efficiency. On a similar note, alternative fuels have also been in the spotlight, including electric, and coming to California, hydrogen.
Third, automakers have taken notes from Uber and Lyft and are beginning to explore car sharing themselves. Ford, for instance, began testing Peer-2-Peer Car sharing, which allows car owners to connect with those who are looking for a ride. This is occurring in six US cities, as well as something similar in London.
Fourth, driver assist will be blooming. Lane-keeping technology and active cruise control are two on their way to new models, as well as GM’s blend of them both. Automated parking as also been spreading to more and more cars.
For a continued reading on the matter, click here to view news.com’s article.