In as less as four years, cars could be considered “the ultimate mobile device” that could be connected to the internet, able to locate destinations and designed to talk to other cars to prevent accidents.
Experts predict that by 2030 most Australian cars will feature technology commonly seen in jet fighters and robots – additions that will dramatically decrease road deaths.
The technology could see cars hit the brakes to avoid a hazard, choose music to suit the driver’s mood or identify pedestrians by body heat.
Fresh in-car technology forecasts emerged last week when Siemens launched its Picture of the Future: Australia 2030 study.
According to the research head Chris Vains, Australia has the potential to have the safest roads in the world by 2030 if carmakers and drivers embrace emerging technology.
“It’s more than just telling you where you are on a map – it will also tell you if you’re near hazards or if you are speeding,” the Daily Telegraph quoted Vains as saying.
“Where we see it going in the next five years is that it will be implemented in most cars and the cars that use them will be able to take over and bring down the speed if necessary,” he said.
Vains also said that road safety could be further enhanced once cars were equipped with sensors to send messages to other vehicles around them – something due by 2030.
“What we’re talking about here is information that can be passed between cars.
“If you’re driving behind another vehicle and a dog runs out in front of that car, for example, a built-in controller could take over and brake for you,” he added.