A Look into The Evolution of Automobiles and The Tech They Never Wanted You To Have 


September 7, 2021
Automotive
Editorial


Most people own a car, or a vehicle of some kind that uses an internal combustion engine which runs using fossil fuels, however, few people probably take the time to fully appreciate the engineering behind their engine. Fewer people still will ever question, why the internal combustion engine hasn’t really evolved much since the late 1800’s, certainly when compared with the advancement of things like gadgets of the last decade;

There may be a little more to it than meets the eye

When taking a look back through the history books, apart from things like mobile phones and computers there hasn’t really been an evolution of the same scale as there was when cars became mainstream and available to the public at reasonable prices. Anyone that could afford one, got one, and the rate at which that happened is simply outstanding, similar to the introduction of mobile phones to the mass market.

When you consider that it took over 2500 years between the invention of the first wheel to the invention of the internal combustion engine it boggles the mind a little that around 70 years from the mid 1940’s people were able to have a handheld, internet ready, mobile device in the palm of their hand that was more powerful than the first computers, which took up an entire room. If technology can move that fast then why are we still using internal combustion engines?

Further still, electric cars seemed to pop up from almost nowhere in around 2010 and in many cases were able to beat the average motor car in terms of performance, on top of that, within just a few years electric cars were able to smash the performance figures of traditional supercars yet never took on as quickly as when traditional cars became mainstream. There are a few questions there to be answered, you could look into them yourself and form your own conclusion, here are a couple of examples. Are batteries ‘new tech?’ And what about electricity? couple of examples are of which being, and, you can bet your bottom dollar, it has something to do with money, greed, control and power.

The tech moves on whilst everything else gets left behind

Like with most things in life, if you don’t change, yet everything around you does, then you’ll likely get left behind. Following decades of slowly, evolving car technology since around the mid-twentieth century, we are now starting to see exponential growth of technologies that are far surpassing the effect that was seen when cars became mainstream and everybody had to have one. Thanks to the advancements in technology nearly everything about cars apart from functionality of the engine has improved massively, and quickly at that.

Consider the materials that are available these days on cars such as the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross that, were once a dream or something only to be had on a space ship, how cars are put together is man vs machine now, and the mass array of electrical gadgets that are available within cars as standard features or, as optional extras, cars can even drive themselves and although physical tech is involved, there is a big dose of AI in there somewhere too. Here are some examples of the major tech advancements, some of which you might not believe;

You may not know this, but you can kick your car’s performance up a notch with added tools. For instance, a Ram truck can utilize the best programmer for a 24v cummins and tune and monitor its boost, battery voltage, AFRbank and coolant. With such controls of your car, you’ll be eeking out every square inch of power that’s left in your vehicle.

Command your car with your voice

The further development of voice recognition devices that allow the user to communicate with a piece of technology are unbelievable and, if you weren’t born within the last 2 generations it probably feels like you are in a parallel universe. The communication hardware isn’t that new really either, in terms of what it can do, clearly the power of processors, graphics cards, ram and SSDs has increased somewhat to say the least, but they still perform pretty much the same tasks as they did before and microphones haven’t exactly just happened either.

The real genius and magic that help people to communicate with machines comes from and is thanks to the world class coding and the skill of the programmers who build the software that tells the device in your car how to react to what you say, that’s the impressive part!

Before long, the opportunity to jump into an automobile, to tell it where you want to go will be a thing of the past, the fact that the car managed to get you there safely and, based upon certain criteria you have given to your car enabling it to drive you a particular route with just the use of a few key words suitable and cost-effective place take you and it won’t stop there.

Lifelike digital maps and enhanced AI decision making

Because navigation system maps are becoming so much more detailed due to the help of advanced earth mapping technologies and the aid of an information packed internet developers are able to create a virtual replica world which is as accurate as it’s ever been.

Granted, sometimes you may end up going round in circles, but, things like GPS maps that can provide you with location-based information have been an absolute godsend to almost everybody that uses one. Try and imagine your life today without digital maps, there would probably be quite a few redundancies.

Made for you

There are some specialist garages who have the equipment needed to design and build a 3d printed car for you all designed around the most important part…………the engine, or the motor. You can go to them with an idea or, knowing exactly what you want and they will help you to make your dream become a reality by 3d printing the components needed to build a car around the engine of your choice!

Brain driven motors

If the motorist had swerved or braked somewhat faster, many incidents may have been averted by using brain censors. If the big players get their way, then, this will be possible thanks to brainwave technology, it works by recognizing if a driver is going to start raking or swerving out of the way of something, the brain-to-vehicle technology may speed up the process by up to a half second although, the driver will have to wear an electrode-filled headgear, which the firms are working on.

On board mechanical assistance

When it comes to mechanical problems, automobiles are already at the stage whereby they can self-diagnose a problem on their own. They can apply any software fixes or updates that are required on the fly and, even if you need to take it to a technician, it will conduct its own research, book you in as well as being able to renew its own insurance and shop around on the internet to get you the best package for your needs.

Self-driving car pools

Self-driving cars are already here and doing well in safety testing, in fact, they are more responsive and able to foresee a potential accident before it happens, better than a human can. There are around 80% of all cars not in use at any one time, so, self-driving shared cars are going to be something to look forward to. It makes complete sense to lessen the number of idle cars and to put the active ones to better use.

Consumers will have the opportunity to co-own them and only pay for the portion of the vehicle they utilize. Younger people who may not be able to afford a car, persons with disabilities who are unable to drive, and older people who may need to quit driving are among the groups that will benefit the most.

First aider with you all the way

Ford is leading the way for others to follow as a pioneer in health-monitoring technologies. They’ve invented a gadget that uses sensors in the seat to monitor heart activity without having to touch the skin. The development of technology to monitor glucose levels in diabetic individuals is underway too, people with heart disease and diabetes will be able to monitor their health from their automobiles with this technology and, if the driver, or passenger becomes sick then the emergency services will be notified.

Dashboards with a brain

Around 70% of new cars will have “augmented reality” dashboards by the end of 2021, which may sound like a distraction, but these features project information such as speed and turn-by-turn directions directly onto your windshield, eliminating the need to take your eyes off the road.

It’s all becoming a bit technical

As you can see from the examples of tech advancement even over just the last 10 years has been dramatic to say the least, especially considering how long other mechanical parts of cars have changed a little, but essentially their purpose is still exactly the same and the theory behind how they work is still the same.

Seats have become more comfortable but, they are still seats, a steering wheel is still a steering wheel, although it may look different to another or, have less buttons, it is still a physical ‘wheel’ that helps to turn the vehicle in different directions.

The biggest thing though, has to be the engine, when there is so much ‘supposed’ attention on things like global warming and the damage it is doing, why on earth are engines still using fossil fuels when it has been proven that there are numerous other sources of fuel, including water!

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