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Augmented reality, Adaptive LED and Automated Trailer Hitching, and Guiding System are Automotive Technologies of Tomorrow

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【Summary】The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is likely to make some amendments in regulations later this year. This will open a wide area of applications for futuristic technologies like Augmented Reality, Adaptive LEDs and Automated Guiding Systems. The tech is vital for cars of tomorrow and companies have revealed insights into how they function.

Manish Kharinta    Mar 25, 2018 9:10 AM PT
Augmented reality, Adaptive LED and Automated Trailer Hitching, and Guiding System are Automotive Technologies of Tomorrow
author: Manish Kharinta   

The automotive world doesn't seem to be getting enough of ‘coming of age technologies' making their way into our daily drivers. Even though features like lane assist, autopilot, emergency braking have only recently been debugged enough to be application ready, the industry is already gunning for more advanced tech to be integrated into automobiles as soon as possible. Augmented reality, Adaptive LEDs and automated trailer hitching, and guiding systems are probably some of the first feature which will make their way into upcoming offerings.

Adaptive LEDs

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This lighting mechanism uses LED clusters and onboard cameras to assess the levels of illumination required while the vehicle is in motion. Factors like lack of visibility and the proximity to other vehicles on road are computed in real time and the LEDs adapt accordingly to reduce glare for other drivers. This futuristic safety feature is already available on many cars in European markets. It is expected that after a few regulations changes this year by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the technology will make its way into cars on sale in U.S. Adaptive LEDs also improve visibility for the driver, making it easier to detect object on road and eliminating blind spots. Novi-based company- OSRAM Otpo Semiconductors make this technology possible as they manufacture LEDs and silicon backing which are compatible with adaptive lighting systems.

Augmented Reality

The tech is not only limited to developing additional features for on sale vehicles. New advances in augmented reality are also being utilized into the manufacturing process of these product to ensure the result is produced more efficiently and that these cars are more reliable. The way this system works is that a holographic assembly guide is laid out in front of the worker with the help of projectors. The virtual assembly guide comes with instructions and videos for the workers to follow and a visual and audio confirmation is relayed in case if any step of the assembly is carried out correctly or incorrectly. One of the most advanced software in this space comes from OPS Solutions LLC. 

A Zion Market Research report claims that the augmented reality market will grow to $133.8 billion by the year 2021, which is substantial considering it only accounted for $3.3 billion in 2015.

Automated Trailer Hitching and Guiding System

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Self-parking cars are a reality today, but the future of guiding systems will offer us control over our vehicles with even less human intervention. German company- Continental AG's north American subsidiary, Continental Automotive Systems Inc. is developing a system in which using the vehicle's reversing cameras and sensors, drivers will be able to hitch caravans and trailers with ease. The technology is expected to make its way into vehicles by the year 2020. 

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This guiding system technology also uses the cameras and the car's air suspension to regulate the speed and height of the vehicle, to easily hitch the trailer. This feature can also be used to automate ride suspension adjustments depending on the type of terrain the vehicle is on. The guiding system can assist drivers by increasing the ride height of the car in an off-roading environment or lowering the car to enhance aerodynamics and performance on a track setting.


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