As customers increasingly synchronise their mobile phone data, social media, computer files and calendar information, their future car could be ‘watching’ and learning…
Forget the basic multimedia settings and climate control preferences, our cars could soon be able to predict where we're going, and suggest a departure time based on live traffic information along the way.
If that destination is beyond the reach of the car’s remaining fuel load, it will suggest an earlier departure to allow time for refuelling.
The car can learn regular destinations that a driver attends on a weekly basis – such as the golf club every Thursday morning - and automatically alert the driver of any traffic events between them and their destination, without the driver entering the destination into the satellite navigation system.
The system can also detect when passengers are on board and adjust the entertainment preferences accordingly, before readjusting them back to the driver’s preferences if all passengers have exited the vehicle.
And even in the age of voice-activated text messaging, the car can detect when the driver is running late for an appointment with someone and send a message to that person on the driver’s behalf.
Smart Windscreen Revealed
JLR has also unveiled what it believes is the future of headlights, instrument displays and windscreens.
The carmaker is working on a ‘virtual windscreen’ which uses the entire screen area as a head-up display, along with new guidance and lighting systems powered by laser technology.
The experimental system can project changes in the approaching road surface on the windscreen to warn the driver of bumps and potholes – or automatically adjust the suspension - and warn the driver if the vehicle is too narrow to fit through a particular space.
Indicating may also benefit from the laser tech, as the system can project an arrow image onto the road surface to alert other drivers and pedestrians of your intentions.
For fans of track days, future JLR models can even project virtual ‘competitors’ onto the windscreen, eliminating the risk of colliding with ‘real’ competitors.