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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Future Cars – Augmented Reality Windshields

Future Cars – Augmented Reality Windshields

Cars that can give us directions are great. We can usually drive with confidence as long as the directions are given to us verbally…but when we have to look at an in-car display…we have to take our eyes off the road and that is never good. Well…BMW has already fixed this problem. All a driver has to do is get the information right off their windshield! That seems pretty fantastic to me! But that is not where BMW stopped with the idea. BMW is working on an augmented reality dashboard that will identify an object in front of you on the road and tell you exactly how far you are from the object. What if there is construction just ahead, or a stalled car…you will know that in plenty of time to stop. What if a car is pulled over on the side of the road changing a tire and you can’t tell it until you are almost next to it…that won’t happen with this system. You will have plenty of notice and you will see it all on your windshield. BMW i ... read more

Future Cars – Airbags that Stop Cars Before They Crash?

Future Cars – Airbags that Stop Cars Before They Crash?

Airbags started out protecting the driver, then the front seat passenger, then on the side and then they provided knee protection…what is next? How about an airbag that stops us before we even crash? Mercedes’ lab is experimenting with an airbag that is proactive rather than reactive. It would deploy underneath the car, enabling the car to actually come to a stop before it crashes. They have a “friction coating” that slows the car to enable quicker stopping (I know. That sounds strange but it is true!) . It also lifts the car up so it doesn’t dip when the brakes are applied hard…as brakes applied before impact would do now. This improves the bumper to bumper connection so that drivers and passengers won’t slide under seat belts during the actual collision. The latest series of airbag problems have sent many auto makers and their vendors back to the drawing board. Airbags and Recalls Many of you are concerned abou ... read more