Stop the criminals in their tracks
GPS trackers and telematics technologies like that designed by Novero are making it harder to steal a car. They can fit your car with technology which allows you to track and disable your car remotely – leaving a car thief stuck. Maybe there'll come a time when cars just simply can't be stolen. Good news for that insurance premium…
Ever wanted to be a pilot?
Heads-up display (HUD) technology has been around for a while – available from the likes of Garmin and narvdy. It's a clear screen fitted to your windscreen that allows images to be projected from the dash board – like in an aeroplane cockpit. It's linked to your phone so texts and notifications will be beamed onto your screen, alongside sat nav to tell you where to turn next.
Get yourself out of tight spaces
Ever got yourself stuck in a car parking space where it's so tight you can't open your door? Remote parking pilot fitted in the new Mercedes Benz enables you to park your car in the tightest of spaces – and you can get out first! You control the car from the outside using your smartphone. Other companies including BMW are also using the technology.
Don’t bother with driving at all
Ever had to drive when you’d rather be taking a nap? Well, that option isn’t that far from reality. Google have been testing its own self-driving car for three years now. Their strange little white car – with no steering wheel or pedals – can be seen making its way around California. On one occasion it actually passed another self-driving car created by Delphi, with no dramas.
It's chalking up the driverless miles, but Google have no intention of rolling out thousands of these little cars, they'll just partner the technology with a car manufacturer. But there are some manufacturers researching the idea themselves, with some closer than others.
Audi may even release a self-driving car this year. It won't be completely autonomous, we're a few years off that, but none the less it's pretty amazing. Mercedes, on the other hand, have given themselves a bit more time and are designing a super luxurious self-driving car that they hope to have ready for 2030. In this car you'll be able to turn the front seat around to face the back passengers. Would you dare? Sounds scary… but great for a cheeky lie-down on a long journey.